A massive haul of methylamphetamine – or ‘ice’ – with a street value of more than $200m has this week been intercepted by Ryde Police, an achievement made all the more impressive by the minimal police resources involved.
The man arrested in connection with the massive haul played a key part in his own arrest, attracting the wrong sort of attention by crashing into two police vehicles with his van, found packed with 273kg of ‘ice’ when police located him an hour later.
Ryde Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Glen Baker said the “exceptional set of circumstances” that played out on Monday, was “somewhat unheard of”.
“This would be one of the easiest drug busts the New South Wales Police has ever made. Incredible, absolutely incredible,” he told media this week.
“This 26-year-old Berala man has certainly had a very, very bad day.”
Det Insp Baker said around 10.30am on Monday, officers at Eastwood Police Station heard a loud crash and banging outside, came outside and found two police vehicles damaged.
“A vehicle had crashed into them, they (officers) checked CCTV, spoke to witnesses and identified a white Toyota Hiace van (had smashed into) the police vehicles at the front of the station and taken off up Ethel Street, Eastwood,” he said.
The crash resulted in a Holden Commodore being “written off” while there was only minor damage to a caged police vehicle.
For the next hour, numerous police patrols of the area were undertaken in search of the vehicle and at about 11.30am one of the senior officers at Ryde Police Area Command (PAC) spotted the white van heading towards Ryde Bridge on Church Street.
“The Inspector pulled the vehicle over, engaged the driver in conversation and during that.. numerous suspicions were raised in relation to the driver’s behavior,” Det Insp Baker said.
“The vehicle was searched and remarkably inside that vehicle was 13 boxes. Each box contained 21 one kilogram bags of methylamphetamine, commonly referred to as ‘ice’.”
Det Insp Baker said the man’s movements immediately after crashing into the police vehicles and fleeing the scene was not yet clear and it was also not yet known whether the drugs had been in the vehicle at the time of the crash or placed in the vehicle afterwards.
He said the man was then arrested and taken to Ryde Police Station, the vehicle and drugs were secured and taken to Gladesville Police Station.
“The man was subsequently charged with ‘supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drugs’ (and) not giving his particulars and obviously, traffic offences, in relation to crashing into the police vehicles,” Set Insp Baker said.
“This is now the subject of an ongoing investigation with Ryde detectives and the State Crime Command Drug and Firearm Squad.
“He introduced himself to us at the front of the police station, so now we need to start investigating his movements and whereabouts and obviously who may be involved in this syndicate with him.”
The man, 26-year-old Simon Tu, appeared before Burwood Local Court on Tuesday. He did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody.