Specialized agents storm notorious crime hotspot in western Sydney – seven people indict in operation
- Anti-bikie, highway and dog crews conducted a two-day operation in Parramatta
- Police have charged more than seven people and issued more than 25 offenses
- The arrests on Friday and Saturday were part of a mission to disrupt drug crime
Specialized police have stormed a notorious west Sydney avenue in a two-day, high-visibility operation to disrupt alcohol and drug-related crime in the area.
Officers from the anti-bikie, highway and dog teams have charged seven people and issued 26 violations in Parramatta on Friday and Saturday for brawls, drunk driving, knives in public places and bail violations.
More than 1,220 roadside breath tests and 24 drug tests were conducted in an avenue at the entrance of the Meriton Suites complex, searching at least 125 people and 30 vehicles.
Images released by NSW police show officers pulling cars aside, seizing money, searching a group of men’s bags and dogs sniffing through vehicles.
Police footage from NSW shows officers searching as they search a group of men during the two-day, highly visible operation in Parramatta’s CBD
The first arrest took place around 7 p.m. on Friday when officers saw a 34-year-old man with an outstanding arrest warrant. He was released on bail in court next week.
Half an hour later, a 31-year-old woman with a Honda Accord was stopped for a breath test on Dirrabarri Lane.
She returned a negative result but was given a notice of infringement after officers allegedly dug up a knife in her dashboard during a search of her car.
At around 9:40 PM on the same Parramatta CBD lane, a 49-year-old man was reportedly found with a stolen driver’s license.
He was arrested and charged with property in personal custody that is suspected of being stolen and in breach of bail. He was released in court on Thursday.
At 12:30 p.m., a 29-year-old man was reportedly blown over the limit with a value of 0.165 during a roadside breath test.
He received a notice of attendance at court on Wednesday for drink driving.
Police have charged seven people and made more than 125 notices of infringement on Friday and Saturday
Later that night, police found a group of men fighting on the same street around 9:00 PM.
A 25-year-old man was given a notice of offense for offensive behavior after allegedly becoming aggressive and yelling at officers when they intervened.
A few minutes later, a group of people got out of a minivan on Dairrbarri Lane and a brawl reportedly broke out between two men. A 27-year-old man was charged with affair and released on bail the following week.
“We’ve seen more incidents of antisocial behavior in recent months and we want people to be able to feel safe and not have to worry about street crime in the neighborhood,” said Parramatta’s Chief Inspector Julie Boon.
Parramatta is a vibrant community and operations like this have brought the police to the forefront of preventing crimes.
“The results show significant disruption to local crime in the area and we will continue to work with our specialized units to reduce antisocial behavior and drug and alcohol-related violence.”
Specialized police searched more than 125 people (one photo) and more than 30 vehicles
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