New South Wales Police intercept massive haul of Alprazolam

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11th April 2024 – (Sydney) The New South Wales Police have intercepted a colossal quantity of Alprazolam, with authorities confirming the haul as the most substantial pharmaceutical drug seizure in the state’s history.

The NSW Police Force, in a detailed communiqué, described the culmination of an investigation that led them to a storage facility in Auburn, a suburb roughly 16 kilometres from the heart of Sydney. The raid, which took place at 8pm on the 7th of April, uncovered 722 kilograms of the anti-anxiety medication commonly known by its trade name, Xanax. The street value of the seized drugs is a staggering 12 million Australian dollars (approximately 7.8 million U.S. dollars), highlighting the scale of the operation.

The aftermath of the seizure saw further action when law enforcement officials stopped a truck on Hammond Avenue in Wagga Wagga on Wednesday evening. The stop led to the discovery of shopping bags brimming with close to 1 million Australian dollars (about 651,725 U.S. dollars) in cash, believed to be linked to the drug operation.

Subsequently, a 28-year-old man from the truck was taken into custody. Charges levied against him include the supply of a prohibited drug in quantities surpassing the large commercial threshold and the knowing handling of proceeds of crime. Following his arrest, the accused was denied bail and is scheduled to face the local court proceedings on Thursday.

Alprazolam, known for its potent effects and rapid relief of anxiety, is a medication that falls under stringent regulatory measures due to its high risk of addiction and abuse. In Australia, it is designated as a Schedule 8 controlled substance, reflecting the serious approach to its distribution and the ongoing battle against illicit drug trade.