The Gangs Squad has arrested two men, shut down two clan labs and seized approximately 20,000 pills and 20 litres of MDMA following an operation in the state’s north-west.
Earlier this year, Gangs Squad detectives formed Strike Force Vanderhoof to investigate the activities of a group believed to be involved in drug manufacture.
Following their inquiries, detectives executed two search warrants at properties in Bingara on Sunday August 16.
At one of the properties, located on Keera Street, officers found a clandestine laboratory which was actively in the process of cooking approximately 20 litres of MDMA.
Two men, a 52-year-old from the Sydney suburb of Telopea and a 50-year-old from Bingara, were arrested at the scene and taken to Moree Police Station.
At the second property, on Bowen Street, police seized approximately 20,000 MDMA pills, three pill-press machines and a large quantity of pre-cursor chemicals.
The search of the property was temporarily suspended due to the prevalence of hazardous materials, but resumed on Monday August 17.
The two men arrested at the Keera Street property were taken to Moree Police Station and charged with large commercial drug manufacture.
Both were refused bail and appeared in Moree Local Court on Monday August 17.
They have been remanded in custody to reappear in Moree Local Court on October 10 2015.
The investigation by Strike Force Vanderhoof continues.
Barwon LAC Police will continue to assist Gangs Squad Detectives in their investigation into the two clandestine laboratories at Bingara.
Barwon LAC Superintendent Gelina Talbot said local resources would be required for some time whilst officers continue searches at two properties in the Bingara township.
Whilst Gangs Squad Detectives formed Strike Force Vanderhoof earlier this year to investigate the activities of the group, Commander Talbot said that information from Barwon LAC Police has been instrumental in the outcomes.
“It is a timely reminder that the smallest piece of information, which may seem insignificant on its own, often proves to be the missing piece of a much larger puzzle,” she said.
“And whilst the arrests of these two offenders in Bingara are extremely pleasing to Police and the community, our fight against drug manufacturers and suppliers does not end there.
“Local Police are extremely interested in what you know, what you have seen or what you have heard."
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