Sawtell link to drug operations

Largest ever: The industrial methamphetamine lab found at Corindi in September.
Largest ever: The industrial methamphetamine lab found at Corindi in September.

LOCAL connections to large scale drug operations were allegedly exposed this week, following the largest drug crime crackdown in NSW history.

Sawtell man, Anthony John Pinkstone, 52, was one of 31 people arrested as part of Strike Force Domino.

Police said the operation brought down six drug syndicates through 37 drug raids across the state.

Pinkstone was arrested in the Sydney suburb of Bexley on Wednesday.

At the same time local detectives seized a multi-million-dollar Sawtell home, in Heron Place, along with luxury cars and motorcycles, believed to be owned by Pinkstone.

Reams of personal documents and cash were also collected as evidence and the accused’s bank accounts have reportedly been frozen.

The secluded property, near Boambee Headland, and a Porsche parked in the garage were among $13 million in assets seized by the NSW Crime Commission as the suspected proceeds of crime.

The total drug haul included 6.7kg of prohibited drugs, 29kg of precursor chemicals, 5848 tabs of LSD, and 30 cannabis plants, as well as four firearms, a taser and 600 rounds of ammunition.

Pinkstone appeared briefly in the Kogarah Local Court on two counts of supply a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, and was refused bail.

So far police have laid 202 charges against the alleged drug offenders – some of whom are alleged to be leading players in the Australia drug trade.

“We haven’t just taken off a tentacle, we’ve got the whole octopus,” NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said.

The crime commission has also released further detail and images of a September bust on a Corindi Beach property, which uncovered the state’s largest ever methamphetamine laboratory.

The bust also allegedly uncovered a stash of illegal weapons, including a fully automatic SKS military assault rifle, an unregistered rifle fitted with a scope, and a 12-gauge pump action shotgun. A Corindi man and five Central Coast men are before the courts facing charges.

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