Drug-containing lollipops found in New South Wales raid | Manning River Time

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Three people have been charged with multiple drug offenses after police seized 15 kilograms of lollipops containing drugs during raids in the NSW Hunter area. NSW Police said two men and a woman were part of a criminal syndicate supplying illegal drugs on the dark web, which netted more than $1.6 million in cryptocurrency. Police say the trio distributed drugs, including e-cigarettes containing synthetic cannabinoids, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and officers discovered more than 100 liters of THC-based chemicals during the raids. searches. NSW State Crime Command detectives set up Strike Force Alaine to investigate online drug sales in Lake Macquarie in May. Police raided two properties in Swansea and a storage facility in Caves Beach on Tuesday. Police say they found a large quantity of lollipops, believed to be mixed with a banned drug, 100 liters of THC chemicals, as well as electronic devices, which were seized for forensic examination. A 47-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman were arrested on Lakeside Drive on Tuesday and taken to Belmont Police Station. Police arrested another 30-year-old man from a home on George Street and took him to the Toronto police station. Acting Superintendent Gordon Arbinja, commander of the Cybercrime Squad, said the arrests “should serve as a warning to those who use the internet to conceal criminal activity”. “Your anonymity is not guaranteed and you are not beyond the reach of law enforcement,” he said. More than $1.6 million in cryptocurrency was made in the sale of drugs by the trio, he said. The 47-year-old man and 42-year-old woman were charged with three counts of supplying a psychoactive substance for human consumption, eight counts of supplying a prohibited drug, trafficking knowingly proceeds of crime, knowingly or recklessly directing a criminal group to aid the crime, and participating in a criminal group contributing to criminal activity. Both will appear in Belmont Local Court on Wednesday. The 30-year-old was charged with three counts of knowingly supplying a psychoactive substance intended for human consumption, eight counts of supplying a prohibited drug and participating in a criminal group. He has been released on bail and will appear in Belmont Local Court next week. Australian Associated Press

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