Police seize heroin and cash in five raids

Three people have been charged as investigations continue into criminal groups involved in supplying drugs throughout the South-West.

In July, Fairfield detectives established Strike Force Buriga to investigate criminal networks 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, or ice.

Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Buriga officers, helped by South-West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad, searched five homes at Ashcroft, Cabramatta and CanleyHeights, from 7am on Thursday. 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 cars -- a Lexus ISF, a Suzuki D-Max and a Volkswagen Tiguan.

Investigators also seized more than $220,000 cash, including more than $155,000 found in a backpack in a child's bedroom in one Cabramatta property.

At a different Cabramatta home, a female resident allegedly tried to remove heroin from the location by hiding it in a book and giving it to a girl, 15, who'd been allowed to leave home to go to school. The heroin had an estimated potential street value of more than $45,000.

Two men, 40 and 43, and a woman, 40, were arrested during the operation and taken to Fairfield police station where they were charged with a range of offences. Police allege the Ashcroft man, 40, was directing the activities of the group and supplying heroin and ice to others for on-supply. The woman was charged with hindering a police investigation.

Investigations under Strike Force Buriga are continuing.