Two arrested in Sydney drug raids
A cocaine syndicate allegedly responsible for supplying drugs between Sydney's far southwest and the CBD has been busted in a series of morning raids.
Investigators are "pretty confident" the raids at Padstow, Warwick Farm and Strathfield on Friday morning will shut down the drug ring and impact the availability of the drug around the harbour city.
A 22-year-old woman was arrested at her Warwick Farm home, while a 33-year-old man was arrested as officers searched his Padstow home.
His three children, believed to be between four months and five years, were at the property at the time.
Whether drugs were sold at the house in the presence of the children will form part of the police investigation, Detective Inspector Jason Weinstein told reporters at Hurstville on Friday afternoon.
"In respect of the 33-year-old male, he has been charged previously by police, but the 23-year-old female is not known to police," Det Insp Weinstein said.
Both were on Friday afternoon charged with several drug supply offences and the man is also facing a charge of possessing a prohibited weapon.
Det Insp Weinstein said the syndicate had a "quite substantial" customer base.
"We will allege in court that the supply of cocaine ... (was) occurring between the areas of Campbelltown, Sutherland Shire all the way into the Sydney CBD area," he said.
"Certainly in respect to this syndicate we will allege it has certainly had an impact in regard to the supply of cocaine."
The syndicate has been under investigation by Strike Force Deave since August last year.
Police targeted encrypted mobile phone communications between syndicate members to uncover the activity.
Police say drugs, believed to be cocaine, and cash were seized during the raids, but Det Insp Weinstein said he was unable to elaborate because investigations were still under way at the Padstow property.
Further arrests are expected.
People who bought drugs from the syndicate have also been warned they may hear from police.
"We have a large number of people who will be spoken to by police as a result of this investigation," Det Insp Weinstein said.
"We can guarantee that if you engage in the use and supply of cocaine that there will be a point in time when police will come and ask you some hard questions."
The man is in custody and will appear at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday while the woman has been released on bail and is due at Liverpool Local Court on March 16.