Four people have been charged after allegedly using a taxi to supply cocaine across Sydney’s south-west.
In December 2018, detectives attached to Bankstown Police Area Command commenced investigations into the ongoing supply of cocaine.
Following extensive inquiries, on Friday (22 March 2019), police stopped a taxi on Bonds Road, Roselands. Officers seized a substance believed to be cocaine and arrested the driver, a 57-year-old man.
A short time later police executed search warrants at homes in Bankstown, Bass Hill, Campsie, and Rhodes.
While searching the properties officers seized cash, a money counting machine, a baton, and various electronic items.
Three people were arrested – a 52-year-old woman and two men, aged 27 and 53.
The trio were taken to Bankstown Police Station and charged with ongoing drug supply, dealing with proceeds of crime, and participation in a criminal group.
The 57-year-old man was charged with ongoing drug supply (x2), supply prohibited drug (x2), dealing with proceeds of crime (x2), and participation in a criminal group.
It will be alleged the group supplied cocaine via a taxi driven by the older man.
All four were refused bail and appeared in Parramatta Bail Court yesterday (Saturday 23 March 2019).
The trio were refused bail again to reappear at Burwood Local Court on Monday 25 March 2019.
The 57-year-old man was refused bail again to reappear at Bankstown Local Court on Friday 3 April 2019.
The arrests are part of Operation Trident, which was formed to detect and disrupt organised crime in the Sydney metropolitan area. It is an on-going police operation, involving officers from South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squads coordinating with local police area commands.
Investigations by Operation Trident are continuing.