Four men involved in an alleged drug supply syndicate have been charged after a pre-dawn police sting on multiple properties on the Central Coast.
After finding more than three kilograms of cocaine and cannabis at a storage facility in Berkeley Vale on March 15, police simultaneously raided four properties at 6am on Thursday, seizing drugs, firearms, cars, cash, and discovering a clandestine drug lab, which was dismantled after fire crews judged the site safe.
Police arrested four men and took them to Gosford and Woy Woy police stations.
A 38-year-old man from Ourimbah and a 27-year-old man from Empire Bay were charged with supplying commercial quantities of drugs, supplying cannabis, and participating in a criminal group. The pair were formally refused bail at Gosford Local Court on Friday, with the 27-year-old due to appear in the same court next Thursday and the older man in late May.
Another two men, aged 38 and 39, were formally refused bail at Wyong Local Court on Friday. The 39-year-old Berkeley Vale man was charged with 15 offences including supplying commercial quantities of drugs, possessing an unauthorised pistol and recklessly deal with the proceeds of crime.
The 38-year-old man, from Chittaway Bay, was charged with 10 offences including supplying commercial quantities of drugs, possessing a weapon and a firearm without a permit, and participating in a criminal group.
They will both reappear in court on May 16.
The arrests were a result of Strike Force Spartan, a joint state and federal police investigation into an alleged organised criminal syndicate facilitating the supply of prohibited drugs, mainly cocaine, on the Central Coast that began late last year.
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