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‘Dail-a-dealer’ cocaine syndicate arrests in Sydney

More than 30 people have been arrested in Sydney after a two-month police sting targeting ‘dial-a-dealer’ cocaine syndicates in the city.

Thirty-six people – 28 men and eight women – were arrested last month and police seized 468 grams of cocaine, 196g of MDMA, $120,000 cash, two loaded firearms and a number of cars.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Bell on Friday said about 2000 phone numbers had also been retrieved from the offenders’ phones.

More than 30 people have been arrested in Sydney after a two-month police sting targeting ‘dial-a-dealer’ cocaine syndicates in the city

Thirty-six people - 28 men and eight women - were arrested last month and police seized 468 grams of cocaine, 196g of MDMA, $120,000 cash, two loaded firearms and a number of cars

Thirty-six people – 28 men and eight women – were arrested last month and police seized 468 grams of cocaine, 196g of MDMA, $120,000 cash, two loaded firearms and a number of cars

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Bell on Friday said about 2000 phone numbers had also been retrieved from the offenders' phones

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Bell on Friday said about 2000 phone numbers had also been retrieved from the offenders’ phones

‘What we’ll be doing today is sending SMS text messages to each of those persons to ascertain if they can help us further with our inquiries,’ he told reporters in Sydney.

‘(It) will be coming from Crime Stoppers (and say) ‘your number has been in contact with a person supplying cocaine, are you able to assist us with our inquiries’.’

The recipients will be under no obligation to reply.

The syndicates are alleged to have used a central phone number for customers to contact and organise a drug drop at a location of their choice.

Det Bell compared it with ordering a pizza.

‘It shows that the demand for cocaine is high,’ he said.

The syndicates are alleged to have used a central phone number for customers to contact and organise a drug drop at a location of their choice

The syndicates are alleged to have used a central phone number for customers to contact and organise a drug drop at a location of their choice

Police have laid more than 120 charges in total and most of the defendants will face court in January

Police have laid more than 120 charges in total and most of the defendants will face court in January

The cocaine seized would have equated to about 500 street deals

The cocaine seized would have equated to about 500 street deals

‘While the demand is high, we’ll continue to run these types of investigations.’

The cocaine seized would have equated to about 500 street deals.

The majority of those arrested face charges relating to the ongoing dealing of cocaine and others were picked up for possession.

They came from all walks of life, ‘from corporates to unemployed’, Det Bell said.

Police have laid more than 120 charges in total and most of the defendants will face court in January.

 



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