A man and woman have been charged as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged distribution of illicit drugs in Sydney’s south west.
In February 2020, detectives from Bankstown Police Area Command formed Strike Force Drungall to investigate the supply of methylamphetamine in the local area.
Following extensive inquiries, officers arrested a 29-year-old man following a vehicle stop on Highclere Avenue, Punchbowl, just after midday yesterday (Friday 29 May 2020).
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, police seized cannabis and mobile phones. The Punchbowl man was taken to Bankstown Police Station.
A short time later, detectives, with assistance from South West Metropolitan Operation Support Group, executed a search warrant at a house in Punchbowl about 12.20pm.
A 34-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and taken to Bankstown Police Station.
During the search, police located and seized a hydroponic cannabis setup, 500 grams of cannabis, 35 grams of methylamphetamine, seven grams of cocaine, almost $3,000 cash, a ballistic vest and other items relevant to the investigation.
The items will undergo forensic examination.
The man was charged with three counts of supply prohibited drug on an ongoing basis, two counts of supply prohibited drug, cultivate cannabis, operate drug premises, two counts of possess prohibited weapon, use weapon to avoid apprehension, and drive in a manner dangerous.
The woman was charged with cultivate cannabis and operate drug premises.
The pair was refused bail to appear before Parramatta Bail Court today (Saturday 30 May 2020).
Investigations under Strike Force Drungall are ongoing.