An operation targeting the supply and distribution of cocaine and other illicit drugs in Sydney's eastern suburbs has led to 55 people being charged with drug supply and possession.
Over the course of six nights this month, police from Strike Force Northrop allegedly seized more than 290 grams of cocaine, 13 grams of MDMA, 110 grams of cannabis and $63,000 in cash. They charged 28 people with drug supply and 27 with drug possession.
Strike force detectives were assisted by officers from Surry Hills, Sydney City, Kings Cross, Eastern Suburbs and Eastern Beaches Police Area Commands, and the Dog Unit, to carry out a series of vehicle searches in Bondi, Paddington and Coogee on Friday and Saturday nights.
On the weekend of May 10 and 11, eight people were arrested and charged following five separate vehicle stops.
A black BMW stopped on Glenmore Road, Paddington, was allegedly found with 17 grams of cocaine and $4200 in cash.
A silver Volkswagon Passat stopped at the intersection of Dolphin and Hill streets, Coogee, was allegedly found with more than $2400 in cash and 20 grams of cocaine in a hidden compartment.
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More cash and drugs were allegedly located inside three vehicles stopped around Bondi Road in Bondi.
Another two people were arrested and charged after their vehicles were stopped and searched on May 17 and 24, with officers allegedly locating more drugs and cash.
Redfern Region Enforcement Squad Commander, Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Bell, said detectives "will continue to investigate and target those in the community that continue to participate in illegal drug-related activity".
"These illicit substances are incredibly dangerous, and we will do everything we can to remove them from the streets of Sydney," he said.
"Police do not want to see any more drug-related deaths and it is disappointing to see so many people putting others' lives at risk through the sale and distribution of these drugs."