05/26/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/25/2023 17:53
Friday, 26 May 2023 09:42:46 AM
Raptor Squad detectives have charged a man following an investigation into the large-scale supply of prohibited drugs in the Illawarra Region.
In February 2023, State Crime Command's Raptor Squad South established Strike Force Gindurra to investigate the large-scale supply of cocaine by alleged associates of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCG) and Organised Crime Networks (OCN) in the Illawarra Region.
Following extensive inquiries, about 2.45pm yesterday (Thursday 25 May 2023), Traffic and Highway Command officers attached to Raptor Squad South stopped a vehicle on Sheffield Street in Cringila.
During a search of the driver and vehicle, police located a knife and approximately 56 grams of a white powder believed to be cocaine, which was seized to undergo further forensic examination.
The 21-year-old male driver was arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station.
Just after 4pm, strike force detectives executed a search warrant at a home on Corrimal Street, Wollongong, where they found gold jewellery, a watch, designer shoes, designer man bags and a further 200 grams of white powder believed to be cocaine.
Those items were also seized to undergo further examination.
The Wollongong man was subsequently charged with 25 offences, including 16 counts of supply prohibited drug >indictable &
He was refused bail to appear before Wollongong Local Court today (Friday 26 May 2023).
Investigations under Strike Force Gindurra continue.
Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.^