Police say they have "put a dent" in western Sydney's heroin supply, after seizing $2 million worth of the drug and bundles of cash and charging five men.
Detectives stopped an alleged drug deal in Bankstown about 10.30am yesterday and arrested a 59-year-old man.
They allegedly seized about two kilograms of heroin, believed to be worth about $2 million, along with bundles of $100 and $50 notes.
A 50-year-old Penrith man and a 41-year-old St Marys man were arrested nearby, while a 48-year-old Kingswood man was arrested near Liverpool and a 46-year-old Cronulla man was arrested at his home.
Strike Force Vercoe, set up to investigate the commercial supply of the drug, seized one kilogram of high-grade heroin this year after investigations revealed the drug was being supplied from cars around Sydney's west.
Yesterday's raid brings the total value of drugs seized by the strike force to $3 million.
"We believe this operation will put a dent in the availability of heroin in western Sydney," Drug Squad commander Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham said.
Four of the men have been charged with offences relating to the commercial supply of heroin.
Three of them have been refused bail and are to appear in Bankstown Local Court today. The fourth has been released on bail and is due to appear in Liverpool Local Court on Monday.
The Cronulla man has been charged with supplying prohibited drugs and fraud.
He was granted bail and will appear in Sutherland Local Court on November 24.