Mass arrests in Sydney drug bust

 

Police have charged more than 140 people and seized dozens of knives, bags of drugs and bundles of cash during a two-day blitz targeting armed and violent offenders across Sydney .

Shocking photos released by NSW Police revealed some of the deadly blades confiscated during Operation Saber IV - the fourth iteration of the high-visibility crackdown that deployed officers throughout the city.

The armory of weapons included flick and spring-loaded knives, a machete and a 25cm serrated blade.

Some of the weapons, drugs and cash seized during the operation. Pictures: NSW Police
Some of the weapons, drugs and cash seized during the operation. Pictures: NSW Police

Police seized a total of 41 knives during the 48-hour operation on Thursday and Friday, made 78 drug detections, issued more than 600 traffic and transport notices, and charged 143 people.

The offences included possession of knives and drugs, and domestic violence.

Among those charged was a 35-year-old man officers allegedly found smoking on the stairs at Granville train station about 4pm on Thursday.

A serrated blade seized by police.
A serrated blade seized by police.

Police checks discovered he was wanted for domestic violence assaults, and a search of his possessions allegedly uncovered a glass pipe, methylamphetamine and Valium.

He was charged with offences including assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intentionally choking a person without consent, and has been refused bail in court.

Police charged a 57-year-old man with supplying drugs after officers allegedly found five bags of cocaine in his vehicle.

An hour later police pulled over a 35-year-old man for a random breath test who was wanted for alleged child sexual abuse offences.

Officers targeted knife crime and violent offenders.
Officers targeted knife crime and violent offenders.

He attempted to flee on foot but was arrested and charged with offences including having unlawful sexual intercourse with a child.

He appeared in court on Friday where he was refused bail.

Operation Saber IV Commander Detective Inspector Andrew Evans said the effort had been an "outstanding example of proactive and collaborative police work".

Police seized thousands of dollars in cash. Pictures: NSW Police
Police seized thousands of dollars in cash. Pictures: NSW Police

"We will continue to utilise available intelligence to target and disrupt those who think they can cause harm to others in the community, put simply NSW Police won't tolerate it," he said.

"Operation Saber deployments this year have taken 97 knives off our streets, made 218 drug seizures and 168 bail compliance checks and seen 330 people put before the courts for a range of offences.

"The safety of the public is always our top priority and we want operations like Saber to reassure the community that they can go about their lives feeling secure, while also sending a message to would-be offenders - if you commit crimes, you will be caught."

Originally published as Mass arrests in Sydney drug bust

More than 140 people were charged in just two days.
More than 140 people were charged in just two days.
One of the flick knives.
One of the flick knives.
A man being searched at Fairfield train station.
A man being searched at Fairfield train station.
Operation Saber IV lasted for 48 hours over December 17 and 18.
Operation Saber IV lasted for 48 hours over December 17 and 18.


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