No further arrests anticipated in drug bust

Central West Police District crime manager Detective Inspector Bruce Grassick.
Central West Police District crime manager Detective Inspector Bruce Grassick.

POLICE say they have managed to dismantle an entire drug syndicate following the arrests of five people in the past week.

Central West Police District crime manager Detective Inspector Bruce Grassick said the haul in Orange included half a kilogram of methamphetamines.

It would have had a street value of $250,000, equating to about 4650 individual deals. 

“We’ve completely dismantled that syndicate from the street-level dealers to the distributors from Sydney,” he said.

“There are no further arrests anticipated.”

Det Insp Grassick said the greatest challenge for police was demand. 

“We can’t arrest our way out of that,” he said.

“We need assistance from members of the community, health care and other services to remove this poison from the community.”

Two men and a woman were arrested in Orange after a 16-month police operation to crack the alleged large-scale drugs supply syndicate.

The arrests, along with two more in Sydney last week, were made by officers attached to Strike Force Frederica, which was established by the Central West Police District in May, 2017 to investigate the supply of methylamphetamine.

Police also found and seized cash, drugs, ammunition and weapons in their three-day Orange sting.

The Sydney operation yielded 1.5 kilograms of the drug and one kilogram of pre-cursor, or the substance used to make the drug. 

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