Man charged; Almost 1kg of cocaine and $300,000 cash seized – Robbery and Serious Crime Squad

Robbery and Serious Crime Squad detectives have charged a man after prohibited drugs and a firearm were seized during a vehicle stop and search warrant in Sydney yesterday.

As part of investigations under Strike Force Cain, officers attempted to stop a silver Toyota Camry in Laycock Street, Neutral Bay, about 2.50pm (Wednesday 8 December 2021).

It’s alleged the driver failed to stop and struck a police vehicle, before fleeing the area.

About 3.15pm, the car was stopped by police while travelling westbound on the Anzac Bridge at Pyrmont.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, detectives located and seized an amount of cocaine.

The driver and sole occupant – a 28-year-old man – was arrested and taken to Newtown Police Station.

Simultaneously, strike force detectives – assisted by Raptor Squad and South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad (RES) – executed a search warrant at a home at Casula.

During the search, officers seized a revolver, ammunition, more than 965g of cocaine, and more than $290,000 cash.

All items seized during the operation will undergo forensic examination.

The man was charged with use offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, supply prohibited drug (commercial quantity), possess prohibited drug, knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, possess unregistered firearm, and possess ammunition without holding a licence.

He was refused bail and is due to appear at Newtown Local Court today (Thursday 9 December 2021).

Strike Force Cain is a continuing investigation into drug supply, arising out of the alleged kidnapping of a man on Sydney’s Lower North Shore in April 2021.

Investigations continue.

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