***Editor’s note: Arrest footage is available via Hightail***
A 37-year-old Kellyville man with links to the Comancheros is due to face Parramatta Local Court today on drug charges following a joint-agency investigation into the attempted importation of methamphetamine from Turkey.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) and New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF) Strike Force Vidar commenced a joint investigation into the Kellyville man, following intelligence received from international partners that a shipment of illicit drugs was seized, destined for Australia.
On 2 October 2020, authorities in Turkey intercepted a consignment containing bathrobes, towels and fabrics that had been soaked with liquid methamphetamine. The shipment was destined to an address in Sydney and contained a total of approximately one kilogram of liquid methamphetamine.
On 13 October 2020, the AFP and NSWPF Strike Force Vidar executed search warrants at a house in Kellyville and arrested the 37-year-old man who police believe facilitated the importation. The man is known to police, and has links to the Comanchero Outlaw Motorcyle Gang (OMCG). A number of electronic devices were seized during the search warrant.
The man was charged with:
Conspiracy to Import a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, contrary to section 307.1 by virtue of section 11.5 of the Criminal Code (Cth), carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment; and Dealing in proceeds of crime worth $1000 or more, contrary to section 400.7(1) of the Criminal Code (Cth).
The man faces a potential maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
AFP Detective Superintendent Geoffrey Turner said the AFP works closely with its State and international partners to protect Australian borders from the infiltration of dangerous drugs.
“Organised crime groups are focussed on greed and profit, with no concern for the wellbeing of the Australian community,” Detective Superintendent Turner said.
“The arrest of this man once again demonstrates the highly effective relationship between the AFP and NSW Police, in keeping Australia safe.”
NSWPF State Crime Command’s Criminal Groups Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Robert Critchlow said today’s arrest should send a clear message to those committing criminal activity in NSW.
“NSW Police will continue to work with our national and international law enforcement partners to keep drugs off the streets, where they cause such devastation to families and communities across our state,” Detective Superintendent Critchlow said.
“Disrupting the illegal activities of criminal groups, such as outlaw motorcycle gangs and their associates, remains a priority and those who wish to participate in these groups should be looking over their shoulder.”
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