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Five Men Charged Over Investigation Into “Rip On, Rip Off” Method Of Accessing Drugs

Five men have been charged following an ongoing investigation into the supply of commercial quantities of drugs within shipping containers.

Investigations of a criminal syndicate allegedly using the “rip on, rip off” method to access prohibited drugs concealed in legitimate shipping containers began in May of this year.

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Strike Force Biles, established to investigate the syndicate have already seized 201kg of cocaine from three containers, with an estimated street value of $105 million.

Just after 6am on Thursday, strike force detectives executed eight search warrants across seven locations.

During the searchs, police located a number of items relevant to their investigation including $37,000 cash, four kilograms of methylamphetamine, three kilograms of cocaine, a replica firearm, ammunition, electronics and luxury jewellery and watches.

All the items were seized to undergo further forensic examination.

At a Woodpark address, an 18-year-old was arrested who allegedly directed the local criminal syndicate in “ripping off” containers and charged with 12 offences.

An 18-year-old in Merrylands and 18-year-old in Bondi were charged with seven and 11 offences respectively.

A 28-year-old man was arrested at a Plumpton address where he was charged with eight offences, while a 25-year-old man in Seven Hills was also charged with a number of offences.

The full media release can be read here.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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