Two men, woman facing additional charges after investigation into online drug supply

Three people will face additional charges in court today following a Cybercrime Squad investigation into illicit drug supply over the internet.

In January 2018, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Bribaree 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.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives intercepted 22 post parcels and seized a variety of prohibited drugs in September 2019.

The same month, detectives executed two search warrants at Bella Vista and North Rocks, where they seized a significant quantity of steroids (more than 2500 vials, 100 canisters, and 1000 tablets), a tablet press, a label maker, various items related to the packaging and distribution of illicit drugs, a firearm, a baton, mobile phones, sim cards, computers, electronic storage devices.

The drugs seized have an estimated potential street value of $2.5 million.

Two men – aged 28 and 60 – and a 58-year-old woman have been charged during the investigation. They remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries and forensic examinations, detectives laid additional charges against the 28-year-old man, who is now facing 30 charges, including supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity), supply prohibited drug (commercial quantity), possess drug manufacture apparatus make prohibited drug, and supply prohibited drug (between indictable and less than commercial quantity).

He remains refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today (Thursday 13 February 2020).

The 60-year-old man is now facing 19 charges, including possess unregistered firearm, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority (x2), supply prohibited drug (commercial quantity x2), supply prohibited drug (between small and indictable quantity x4), and supply prohibited drug (between indictable and less than commercial quantity x4).

The woman is now facing 13 charges, including supply prohibited drug (commercial quantity x2), supply prohibited drug (between small and indictable quantity x4), and supply prohibited drug (between indictable and less than commercial quantity x4).

They were both granted conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today.

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 https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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