A man has been extradited from Melbourne and to face a Sydney court following an ongoing interstate drug trafficking investigation.
Strike Force Alawa was established in July last year to investigate a syndicate allegedly involved in the manufacture and supply of large commercial quantities of MDMA in NSW and interstate.
The strike force is led by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug Squad, working with officers from the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command and South West Metropolitan Region.
About 9am on Monday a 33-year-old man wanted by virtue of a NSW arrest warrant was arrested by Victoria Police in Melbourne.
NSW Drug Squad detectives travelled to Melbourne and successfully sought the man’s extradition in Melbourne Magistrate’s Court.
Detectives returned to Sydney and took the man to the Sydney Police Centre in Surry Hills for questioning.
The man, from Mount Eliza in Victoria, was subsequently charged overnight with supply commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and refused bail to appear in Central Local Court.
It will be alleged the man transported 5000 MDMA tablets, worth an estimated potential street value of $150,000, from Sydney to Byron Bay.
So far, Strike Force Alawa detectives have charged 21 people with more than 80 offences.
The first arrests were made in September last year and a series of raids were carried out in the following months in Byron Bay, Sydney and Adelaide.