$1 million in cocaine, cannabis and cash allegedly seized
COCAINE worth more than $1 million has allegedly been seized during a series of raids by police investigating the supply of drugs on the northern beaches, along with large amounts of cannabis and cash.
Cars were also seized, including one at Queenscliff in which 2.5kg of cocaine was allegedly found in a secret compartment and another car at Queenscliff in which a large amount of cash was allegedly found in a secret compartment.
Police also allegedly seized a cash-counting machine and other items connected with the supply of drugs.
So far four people have been charged and more charges are expected as the investigation continues.
Northern Beaches crime manager Insp Craig Wonders said Strike Force Dufek was launched in March this year to investigate the ongoing supply of cocaine on the northern beaches and identify those responsible.
About 12.40pm on Monday, police searched a Honda Jazz hatchback parked in Queenscliff Rd at Queenscliff after arresting a 35-year-old Ryde man.
Police allegedly found more than 50g of cocaine when they searched the man and then allegedly found a further 2.5kg of cocaine concealed within a hidden compartment under the rear seat of the car.
The Ryde man was taken to Manly police station, where he was charged with the ongoing supply of a large commercial quantity of the drug cocaine.
Following the arrest of the man, Northern Beaches police were joined by the North West Metropolitan Region Operational Support Group, Gordon Region Enforcement Squad and the Police Dog Unit to execute 10 search warrants at Warriewood, Brookvale, Narrabeen, Ryde, Five Dock, Freshwater and Port Macquarie on Monday and Tuesday.
In one raid at an address in Ocean St at Narrabeen on Tuesday morning, police allegedly seized 275g of cocaine and nearly half a kilogram of cannabis.
The 33-year-old occupant of the home was charged with two counts of supplying drugs and one of possessing them.
In another raid on Tuesday, police allegedly an amount of cash suspected to be proceeds of crime seized at a home in Johnston St, Freshwater.
"The supply of prohibited drugs is unacceptable and we will tirelessly pursue any person or group engaged in the supply and distribution of dangerous and illegal drugs," Insp Wonders said.
"I would also like to appeal to any person with information about the supply of prohibited drugs to contact us, either at Dee Why police station on 9971 3399 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
"Police working together with the community can help ensure those who are involved in drug supply are arrested and put before the court."