Drug lab shut down in $9m Yass cocaine bust
MORE than $9 million worth of cocaine has been seized and a large-scale clandestine drug laboratory shut down at a rural property in NSW.
After months of investigation into the manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs in the Southern Tablelands, detectives and the Australian Federal Police executed a search warrant at the Yass property.
Four men including a Spanish national- aged 19, 25, 35 and 40 - were arrested just before 7.30am outside a hotel in Yass.
All four men were charged with manufacture large commercial quantity of prohibited drug and supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drug.
They were refused bail to appear at Goulburn Local Court today.
In April, the Drug and Firearms Squad's Strike Force Judy began investigating the manufacture and supply of cocaine and methamphetamine.
The strike force have found so far 30kg of cocaine, chemicals used in the manufacture of drugs, drug paraphernalia, Australian and European cash, and mobile phones.
Drug and Firearms Squad Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent Jayne Doherty, praised the work of investigators.
"We've seen the effects of these prohibited drugs in regional areas and how it can wreak havoc on communities," Det A/Supt Doherty said.
"The main goal of those manufacturing drugs is to make money - there's no quality control or concern for the health of those purchasing this poison.
"We are committed to removing these toxic substances from our streets, no matter where in NSW drug peddlers seek to make a profit off others' misery."
Investigations under Strike Force Judy are continuing.