An unlucky alleged drug dealer has been busted when a young woman interrupted a routine police pullover and said she wanted to buy cocaine from the driver.
Plain-clothed police officers stopped a 26-year-old man from Guildford in western Sydney when he was seen driving the wrong direction up a one-way street in Bondi and using his mobile phone late at night on April 20.
While police were questioning the driver, a young woman approached and said: ‘Excuse me, can I speak to the driver? I need to speak to him’.
When officers asked why, the woman allegedly replied: ‘We’re buying cocaine’.
An unlucky drug dealer has been busted in Bondi Beach after a young woman interrupted a routine police pullover saying she wanted to buy cocaine from the driver
The incident occurred just before midnight on April 20 on Gould Street, a narrow one-way street that runs parallel to the beach a block back.
Police said the man, who was also using his phone, pulled over willingly and officers walked over and asked why he was travelling in the wrong direction.
The driver was extremely nervous, according to police, constantly fidgeting with his phone while they were speaking with him.
The young woman then approached the car and interrupted officers’ questioning, asking to speak with the 26-year-old.
The woman allegedly had messages on her phone organising the drug deal.
Police then say the man began frantically disposing of plastic bags down the side of his seat. They found eight bags of cocaine in his car along with $3,100 cash
Police alleged the man began frantically dropping plastic bags down the side of his seat.
They allegedly found eight bags of cocaine in his car along with $3,100 cash.
He was charged with having the proceeds of crime, drug supply, disobeying a one-way sign and driving while disqualified.
He will appear before Waverley Local Court on May 19.
The price of cocaine has skyrocketed in Australia since the onset of the Covid pandemic racking up a wholesale price of over $200,000 a kilo, according to an annual report (stock image)
A man was arrested by police last month following a dramatic boat chase off the NSW coast where he allegedly was carrying $90million worth of cocaine (pictured)
NSW Police seized about 200 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the boat following the chase, cops claim
The price of cocaine has skyrocketed 50 per cent in Australia since the onset of the Covid pandemic, racking up a price of over $450 a gram.
Australia and New Zealand have long been seen as a fertile market for cocaine profits, with residents willing to pay more exuberant prices than anywhere in the world for cocaine.
Last year in Australia organised crime groups such as outlaw motorcycle gangs, and drug syndicates from Asia and the Middle Eastern, where paying about $125,000 a kilo, which translates to about $300 a gram on the street.
In places like Europe and the US, a kilo only fetches about $20,000 to $30,000.
A man was arrested last month following a dramatic boat chase off the NSW coast, with officers allegedly uncovering 200 kilograms of cocaine in his vessel.
A man is questioned by Australian Federal Police, after his vessel was stopped by cops
Video footage showed the moment water police raced to the black 750 Game Fisher, which was spotted sailing on Thursday.
Officers screamed ‘stop’ as their vessel approached the man, who quickly threw his hands into the air, with one policeman brandishing a machine gun.
The investigation by Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police Force, and Australian Border Force was sparked on Saturday March 6 following intelligence from international law enforcement partners.
Police allege the vessel that was intercepted contained about 200 kilograms of cocaine.
The allegedly illicit drugs have an estimated street value of $90million.