Man faces additional charges after investigation into online drug supply

A man will face additional charges following a Cybercrime Squad investigation into illicit drug supply over the internet.

In January 2018, Strike Force Bribaree was established by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad to investigate the online supply of prohibited drugs, including prescribed restricted substances.

As part of their inquiries, detectives identified an online drug distribution network operating from Sydney’s north-west using a website hosted offshore.

In September 2019, police intercepted 22 post parcels and seized a variety of prohibited drugs.

During subsequent search warrants in Bella Vista and North Rocks, investigators seized a significant quantity of steroids, equipment and packaging consistent with the manufacture and distribution of illicit drugs, a firearm and various other items.

Following extensive investigations, two men – aged 28 and 60 – as well as a 58-year-old woman were arrested and charged over their alleged roles in the operation. All three remain before the courts.

Forensic examinations of the substances seized have since been undertaken and identified 52kgs of prohibited drugs, including 22kg of steroids and 4.6kg of MDMA, with a total estimated potential street value of $2.5 million.

As a result, detectives laid an additional eight charges against the 28-year-old man for manufacture prohibited drug, including two for greater than a commercial quantity on Tuesday (5 May 2020).

He remains bail refused to appear at Downing Centre Local Court today (Friday 8 May 2020).

Investigations under Strike Force Bribaree continue.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Bribaree investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.

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