Menangle, Mount Hunter arrests part of major police campaign targeting drug manufactors

A major statewide police operation targeting alleged drug manufacturers – including some in Macarthur – has helped prevent more than $17 million worth of drugs from hitting the streets.

NSW Police’s State Crime Command launched Strike Force Arndill in 2016 to investigate the manufacture of prohibited drugs across the state.

Their investigations had a strong focus on importations from China to a number of companies in Sydney’s south-west.

Detectives located and dismantled two large commercial clandestine 3,4-Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine (MDMA) laboratories at Menangle and Mount Hunter last year.

They seized more than $5 million worth of drugs from a home on Calf Farm Road, Mount Hunter on October 24.

Two men were arrested and charged. They remain before the courts.

A property on Carrolls Road, Menangle was searched last May, where 200 items – including 1.4 kilograms of prohibited drugs and equipment used to manufacture drugs – were seized.

Detectives continue to investigate links between the Menangle and Mount Hunter properties.

Following further investigations, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers targeted a consignment of 20 drums from China on December 18, which were declared as liquid fertiliser.

Forensic analysis determined the drums contained 4000 litres of the drug gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), which has an estimated potential street value of more than $12 million.

The GBL was seized by police and investigations are ongoing.

GBL— also known as liquid ecstasy, fantasy or coma in a bottle — acts a nervous system depressant with sedative and anaesthetic effects.

It can cause loss of consciousness, memory loss, respiratory difficulties, comas and death.