Police charge man after ‘ice’ worth $6.3m, firearm and cash seized at Liverpool

A man has been charged after a firearm, cash and prohibited drugs worth more than $6 million were seized as part of an ongoing investigation into large-scale drug supply in Sydney’s southwest.

In April 2022, detectives from Liverpool City Police Area Command established Strike Force Coulston to investigate the alleged supply of ‘ice’ throughout NSW.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives – with assistance from the Public Order and Riot Squad – executed a search warrant at a home in Holliday Avenue, Edmondson Park, about 4pm on Wednesday (25 May 2022).

During the search, police located chemicals and equipment used in the manufacture of prohibited drugs.

Specialist officers from the Drug and Firearms Squad’s Chemical Operations Unit assisted with the subsequent seizure of around 14kg of methylamphetamine, which has an estimated potential street value of $6.3 million.

Investigators also seized more than $180,000 cash, a loaded .22 calibre pistol, ammunition and electronic devices. The items will undergo forensic examination.

A 36-year-old man was arrested and taken to Liverpool Police Station.

He was charged with manufacture prohibited drug (more than commercial quantity), supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity), possess unauthorised prohibited firearm, possess unregistered firearm, not keep firearm safely, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, deal with proceeds of crime, and possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit (three counts).

The man was refused bail and appeared before Liverpool Local Court yesterday (Thursday 26 May 2022), where he was formally refused bail to reappear before the same court on Tuesday 31 May 2022.

Investigations continue.

Anyone with information about that may assist Strike Force Coulston investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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