POLICE GALLERY | Three charged over making 250kg MDA at Rossmore

A man was due in court last Friday, September 6, and two others have been charged over making more than 250 kilos of methylenedioxyamphetamine, or MDA, at Rossmore.

In December 2016, detectives from the State Crime Command's Criminal Groups Squad established Strike Force Lovelle to investigate the manufacture of prohibited drugs across the state.

Last year, as part of the investigation, two illegal drug laboratories were dismantled at Menangle and MountHunter.

Police seized more than 600 items, including 1.4 kilos of prohibited drugs and equipment used to make drugs, more than 21 kilos of MDA powder and pills, 28 litres of GHB, 13.5 kilos of drug precursors and substances believed to be cocaine, steroids and methylamphetamine.

As part of continuing inquiries, a home and rural property on May Avenue at Rossmore was searched on June 18 when investigators seized hundreds of rounds of ammunition and an electronic stun device.

A forensic examination also revealed positive results for prohibited drugs and drug precursors and further inquiries determined more than 250 kilos of MDA had been made at the properties.

Following further investigations, a Malabar man, 46, was arrested at Mascot police station about 10am on August 27. He was charged with taking part in manufacturing a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug (x 2), having ammunition without a licence, having a prohibited weapon without a permit and being in a criminal group. He was refused bail to be in Central court on August 27 where he was formally refused bail to be in Liverpool court on October 2.

Next day, August 28, a Queensland man, 27, was arrested at TweedHeads police station. He was charged with taking part in the manufacture of a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and being in a criminal group. He was refused bail and was in TweedHeads court on August 29 when he was formally refused bail to be in Central court on October 28.

Following further investigations, a home was searched on Military Road at NorthBondi about 8am last Thursday morning, September 5, when police seized documents. About 6.30pm that day, detectives arrested a man, 42, at Waverley police station. He was charged with taking part in the manufacture of a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug (x 2) and directing a criminal group.

Police say the men were involved in making more than 250 kilos of MDA.

The NorthBondi man was refused bail to be in Waverley court last Friday, September 6.

Investigations under Strike Force Lovelle continue.

  • Any information that may help Strike Force Lovelle investigators to CrimeStoppers, 1800 333 000. Information treated in strict confidence. You're reminded not to report crime via police social-media pages.

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