Three people have been charged as investigations continue into criminal groups involved in the supply of illicit drugs throughout south-west Sydney.
In July this year, detectives from Fairfield City Police Area Command established Strike Force Buriga to investigate criminal networks operating in the local area.
As part of their inquiries, strike force detectives identified a group suspected to be involved in the ongoing supply of heroin and methylamphetamine (ice).
Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Buriga officers, assisted by South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad, executed five search warrants at homes at Ashcroft, Cabramatta, and Canley Heights, from 7am yesterday (Thursday, November 7).
During the searches, police seized 90g of heroin, 5g of ice, small amounts of GHB and cannabis, drug paraphernalia, a gel-blaster handgun, two silencers, ammunition and three vehicles - a Lexus ISF, a Suzuki D-Max, and a Volkswagen Tiguan.
Investigators also seized more than $220,000 cash, including more than $155,000, which was located in a backpack in a child's bedroom in one of the Cabramatta properties.
While at a different Cabramatta home, it's alleged that a female resident attempted to remove heroin from the location by concealing it in a book and giving it to a 15-year-old girl, who had been allowed to leave the home to go to school.
The heroin has an estimated potential street value of more than $45,000.
Two men - aged 40 and 43 - and a 40-year-old woman were arrested during the operation and taken to Fairfield Police Station.
The 40-year-old Ashcroft man was charged with knowingly/recklessly directing a criminal group assisting crime, knowingly deriving a material benefit by acting as a criminal group, supplying a prohibited drug, two counts of possessing a prohibited drug and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Police will allege in court that the man was directing the activities of the group and supplying heroin and ice to others for on-supply.
He has been refused bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court later today (Friday, November 8).
The 43-year-old Canley Heights man was charged with two counts of taking part in the commercial supply of a prohibited drug, supplying prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis, two counts of supplying a prohibited drug, possessing ammunition without holding a licence/permit/authority, possessing or using a prohibited weapon without a permit and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.
He has been refused bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court later today (Friday 8 November 2019).
The woman was charged with hindering a police investigation.
She was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday, November 20.
Investigations under Strike Force Buriga are continuing.
Anyone with information about the supply of illicit drugs in the local area is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000