Police lay charges after $700,000 worth of magic mushrooms seized – Strike Force Bagster

A man will face court today charged after the large-scale seizure of $700,00 worth of ‘magic mushrooms’ in Sydney’s west.

In January 2021, detectives attached to Cumberland Police Area Command established Strike Force Bagster to investigate the suspected manufacture of illicit drugs in the Greystanes area.

Following inquiries, investigators stopped a Nissan X-Trail on Pennant Hills Road, West Pennant Hills, about 12am on Wednesday 3 February 2021.

During a search of the vehicle, officers seized psilocybin, commonly known as magic mushrooms, cocaine, more than $50,000 cash, and two knives.

The driver, a 26-year-old man, was charged and remains before the courts.

As part of inquiries, Strike Force investigators executed a search warrant at a home in Merrylands Road, Greystanes later that day.

At the premises, officers located an active clandestine laboratory used to manufacture psilocybin.

Over three days, with the assistance of the State Crime Command’s Chemical Operations Unit a total of 46.3 kilograms of psilocybin, with an estimated street value of nearly $7000,000, was seized.

Following further inquiries, investigators attended a Silverwater facility and arrested a 26-year-old man about 10am yesterday (Monday 22 February 2021).

He was charged with manufacture prohibited drug – large commercial quantity, supply prohibited drug – large commercial quantity, and organises/conducts/assists drug premises.

He was refused bail and will appear at Parramatta Local Court today (Tuesday 23 February 2021).

Investigations under Strike Force Bagster are continuing and anyone with information is urged to contact Cumberland Detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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