NSW Police Interrupt Drug Deal, Seize 10,000 Ecstasy Pills

Five men have been arrested and more than 10,000 ecstasy tablets seized as part of an ongoing New South Wales Police Organised Crime Squad investigation.
Yesterday afternoon, police interrupted a drug deal at Sandringham, seizing 10,000 pills and arresting a 31-year-old man. He has been charged with supply offenses and refused bail.
Following the arrest, five search warrants were executed across Sydney, with police seizing “an additional 2500 MDMA pills, small amounts of cocaine, MDMA powder and steroids, $320,000 cash, a stun gun, nunchukas, handcuffs, a slingshot and a baton.”
Four further men were arrested, two of whom have also been charged with supply offenses and refused bail. 
The raids were part of Strike Force Cheth, which was established in June of last year to investigate the commercial supply of MDMA in Sydney’s south, and has netted drugs with an estimated street value of $1 million.

Meanwhile, a 19-year-old man has been arrested and charged with supplying the ecstasy pills that led to the death of Sydney teen Georgina Bartter, following last year’s Harbourlife festival.

Fairfax report that man in question allegedly sold the “purple speakers” pills to an associate, who then sold them to Bartter last November. He has been granted conditional bail, and is due to appear in court again on March 25. 
This news comes just days after a 19-year-old man died in hospital, following a suspected adverse drug reaction at the State Of Trance festival in Sydney.
NSW Police say that their Strike Force Cheth investigations are ongoing.
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