Monster operation shut down

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the Byron Bay drug syndicate shut down in a series of raids across the shire on Wednesday morning.

A ‘mountain’ of evidence collected from six locations across the region is currently being processed at Byron Bay police station as NSW Drug Squad detectives prepare to return to Sydney this weekend.

Detective Senior Constable Gary Sheen will continue to oversee the local activities of Strike Force Barsden.

“At this stage we have a pile of documentation to work through,” he said.

While police have seized about 110 grams of cocaine, 100 grams of cannabis, 23 cannabis plants and several hundred pills so far, they believe they have nipped a ‘monster’ operation in the bud.

“We think we got it at the early stage,” he said.

Police have also seized ‘dozens and dozens’ of bottles of liquid thought to be ‘precursor’ chemicals.

Police will allege the two men arrested on Wednesday were key organisers of the operation and had made a substantial investment in the illicit venture.

It is estimated the two pill making machines were worth about $20,000 each.

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