Cross-border drug syndicate investigation leads to seizure of $30

New South Wales Police officers have seized $30 million worth of methylamphetamine as part of a crackdown on a cross-border drug syndicate.

Officers from the Raptor Squad and the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command seized 20kg of methylamphetamine during a vehicle stop in the Mid North Coast town of Nabiac at about 10.30pm on Monday.

A Hyundai Santa Fe was driving on the Pacific Highway when it was stopped by officials. Officers searched the vehicle and found three bags containing the drug.

The estimated street value of the Schedule 8 drug is believed to be about $30 million.

The accused, a 26-year-old man, was arrested at the scene and taken to a police station in the neighbouring town of Forster.  

Following the man’s arrest, police implemented a search warrant in a unit on Marshall Street in the south-western Sydney suburb of Bankstown.

Among the found at the property were a luxury watch, drug paraphernalia, and about $138,000 in cash.

The man has been charged with two counts of supplying large commercial quantity prohibited drug, and one count of knowingly deal with the proceeds of crime.

He was formally bail refused to appear at the Taree Local Court on June 21.

This seizure comes as the latest development in a joint interstate operation, launched in March, between the State Crime Command’s Raptor Squad and officers from the Queensland Police Service.

Prior to this arrest, a 17-year-old boy was taken into custody by the QPS during another vehicle stop on April 4 who was charged and will face court.

He was formally bail refused to appear at the Taree Local Court on June 21 2023.

Anyone with information about organised criminal activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or

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