Hunter cocaine syndicate dismantled, two Port Stephens homes searched

Police have uncovered a cocaine supply syndicate operating in the Hunter.

In May 2019, detectives from the State Crime Command's Drug and Firearms Squad established Strike Force Toongahra to investigate the supply of illicit drugs in the area.

Strike force detectives, with the assistance of Strike Force Raptor North, executed two search warrants at homes in Anna Bay and Soldiers Point about 8am on Thursday, August 8.

Two men, aged 29 and 31, were arrested during the operation.

The 29-year-old was charged with 11 offences including supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity), four counts of supply prohibited drug (commercial quantity), five counts of supply prohibited drug (indictable quantity), and supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis.

The 31-year-old was charged with supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity) and three counts of supply prohibited drug (commercial quantity).

They were both refused bail and appeared at Raymond Terrace Local Court on Friday, August 9.

The pair were formally refused bail and will re-appear at the same court on Wednesday, October 9.

Following further investigations, a 24-year-old man attended Belmont police station about 12.30pm on Tuesday, September 3. He was charged with supply prohibited drug (indictable quantity).

The man from Fletcher was granted conditional bail and will appear at Gosford Local Court on Friday, September 13.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information in relation to the importation and supply of prohibited drugs is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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