Man charged after almost $900,000 of ‘ice’ seized and clandestine laboratory located, NSW

A man has been charged, a clandestine laboratory located, and more than $900,000 of ‘ice’ seized as part of an investigation by the Drug and Firearms Squad, NSW Police say.

In January, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad established Strike Force Ceuta to investigate the manufacture and supply of methylamphetamine (ice) in Western Sydney.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 37-year-old man at a park on Jamieson Street, Silverwater, about 8am yesterday (Wednesday 25 July 2018).

During a search of the man and his vehicle, investigators seized 1.3kg of ice.

Shortly after the arrest, strike force detectives, assisted by South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad, executed five search warrants at properties at Fairfield and Wentworth Point.

During the searches, police seized ammunition, more than $10,000 cash, 460g ice, small quantites of prohibited drugs, precursors, drug paraphernalia, a cigarette lighter disguised as a firearm, and mobile phones.

In total, the estimated potential street value of the ice seized is almost $900,000.

At the Fairfield property, investigators located a clandestine laboratory, which was rendered safe by the Chemical Operations Team, before being dismantled.

The Wentworth Point man was taken to Auburn Police Station and charged with large commercial drug supply, three counts of commercial drug supply, and drug supply-indictable quantity.

He has been refused bail and appeared at Burwood Local Court, where he was formally refused bail to re-appear at the same court on Wednesday 19 September 2018.

Inquiries are continuing.

Police are urging anyone with information about illicit drug and/or firearm supply to call Crime Stoppers.

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