Detectives have charged four men, including a Spanish National, and have started to dismantle a large-scale clandestine laboratory after police seized 30 kilograms of cocaine in Yass on Tuesday (4 June).
In April 2019, New South Wales police launched an investigation into the manufacture and supply of cocaine and methylamphetamine in the Southern Tablelands.
Following extensive inquiries, investigators arrested four men aged 19, 25, 35 and 40 outside a hotel in Yass around 7:30 am yesterday.
Detectives, with the assistance of Australian Federal Police and Hume Police District officers, searched a rural property in Yass where they uncovered a large-scale clandestine laboratory.
Strike force investigators located 30 kilograms of cocaine, chemicals used in the manufacture of drugs, drug paraphernalia, Australian and European cash, and mobile phones. The seized drugs have an estimated street value of $9 million.
All four men were charged with manufacture large commercial quantity of prohibited drug and supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drug and will appear at Goulburn Local Court today (5 June).
Drug and Firearms Squad Commander Detective Acting Superintendent Jayne Doherty praised the work of investigators.
“We’ve seen the effects of these prohibited drugs in regional areas and how it can wreak havoc on communities,” Detective Acting Superintendent Doherty said.
“The main goal of those manufacturing drugs is to make money – there’s no quality control or concern for the health of those purchasing this poison.
“We are committed to removing these toxic substances from our streets, no matter where in NSW drug peddlers seek to make a profit off others’ misery.”
Investigations under Strike Force Judy are continuing.