Four more people have been arrested in a bid to dismantle a drug syndicate transporting MDMA and cocaine from Europe to Darwin via Mount Isa, Northern Territory police say.
Police said they spent four months tracking the “sophisticated” group, and said this week’s arrests brought to seven the total number of people so far arrested in relation to the syndicate, following three arrests and drug seizures in July.
Two men were arrested this week after they travelled to Mount Isa on October 8 and allegedly collected a package containing drugs, police allege, travelling back to Darwin on Wednesday to drop it off at a storage shed.
A third man was arrested when he went to the shed and collected the package, which police say contained 1.2kg of MDMA pills and 127g of cocaine.
Police then raided two Darwin homes, arresting a fourth man, and seizing 5g of MDMA, and a number of electronic devices.
Irish national Stephen Michael Donnelly, 36, UK national Tommy Ransley, 31, French citizen Sebastien Ducros, 24, and 41-year-old Darwin man Marcus Hansch were charged with various multiple counts of possessing and supplying a commercial quantity of a schedule-1 drug.
All four appeared in the Darwin Local Court today and did not apply for bail.
They were remanded to appear on December 6.
Syndicate involved in ‘multiple importations’, police say
In July, police arrested three people and seized 400g of MDMA and 230g of cocaine, which they said was linked to the four men arrested this week.
127g of cocaine that NT Police say they seized from a storage shed in Darwin as part of a drug syndicate bust. (Supplied: NT Police)
Police will allege the syndicate “has been involved in multiple importations over the last 12 months that contribute significantly to the Darwin cocaine and MDMA market”, Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Stringer said.
“The message to drug traffickers is simple: Your business is not welcome here, and we will continue to use all resources available to dismantle your trade and bring you to justice.”
Police urge anyone with any information on the sale or supply of illicit substances in the NT to contact them on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Callers may remain anonymous.
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