Bluey Cocaine bust: police discover a children’s toy hidden with white powder

Bluey’s ‘cocaine’ crash: Police discover a toy hidden in white powder during a drug bust, while weapons are seized and four men are arrested

  • White powder believed to be cocaine discovered inside a children’s toy
  • Four men charged after operation against supply of prohibited drugs
  • A police operation followed in Batemans Bay, on the south coast of New South Wales.

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Four men have been arrested after allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine concealed inside a ‘Bluey’ the blue heeler toy.

Police intercepted a package sent from Batemans Bay in New South Wales to Queensland last month, and officers found white powder hidden inside the toy from the hit international children’s show on ABC.

Six homes on the south coast of NSW and ACT were then raided in connection with the surprising discovery, with police allegedly seizing firearms, ammunition, a hydraulic press and two poker machines.

Four men have been arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine hidden inside a 'Bluey' stuffed animal (pictured)

Four men have been arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine hidden inside a ‘Bluey’ stuffed animal (pictured)

Officers with Strike Force Wirrinda, a team created to investigate the drug supply emanating from the south of the state, first uncovered the alleged drug ring last month.

At around 8 a.m. Wednesday, South Coast police raided four Batemans Bay homes and allegedly discovered a cache of illegal paraphernalia.

Members of the Australian Federal Police and ACT Policing Organized Crime and Drugs Team also visited homes in Braddon and Mitchell.

They allegedly recovered seven firearms, gel guns, a replica gun, one kilogram of tobacco, steroids, cannabis, a crystallized substance believed to be MDMA, a banned laser pointer and $1,600 in cash.

Four men, aged between 23 and 45, were arrested and charged with a series of serious crimes.

Police intercepted a package sent from Batemans Bay to Queensland last month, and officers found white powder hidden inside the toy from the popular children's show.

Police intercepted a package sent from Batemans Bay to Queensland last month, and officers found white powder hidden inside the toy from the popular children's show.

Police intercepted a package sent from Batemans Bay to Queensland last month, and officers found white powder hidden inside the toy from the popular children’s show.

A man is arrested in connection with a criminal gang

A man is arrested in connection with a criminal gang

Another man is arrested following Strike Force Wirrinda investigations

Another man is arrested following Strike Force Wirrinda investigations

Four men, aged between 23 and 45, were arrested Wednesday (pictured) after police executed four arrest warrants at Batemans Bay and ACT homes.

The youngest, a 23-year-old man, was charged with a long list of crimes, including five counts of supplying a prohibited drug and participating in group criminal activity.

He was not granted bail.

Another man, 24, was slapped with seven counts of supplying a prohibited drug and possession of an unauthorized firearm. He was granted a conditional bond.

The 26-year-old man arrested at a home in Braddon, ACT, is the suspected ringleader of the group and was charged with knowingly/recklessly leading a criminal group, among other charges.

He was extradited to the Queanbeyan Police Station, where he was charged with four other offences. The man is a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Police also arrested and charged a 45-year-old North Batemans Bay man with various offenses involving illegal firearms, ammunition and possession of an unapproved gaming machine. He was also granted conditional bail.

The firearms (pictured) were seized by police during search warrants

The firearms (pictured) were seized by police during search warrants

The firearms (pictured) were seized by police during search warrants

Police also seized steroids (pictured) from homes on Wednesday.

Police also seized steroids (pictured) from homes on Wednesday.

Police also seized steroids (pictured) from homes on Wednesday.

The South Coast Police District Crime Manager said the arrests showed the success of the newly designated strike force in the region.

“This shows that we will use all available resources from both NSW and the ACT to disrupt and prevent crime,” said Acting Inspector Ian Griffin.

“We will continue to work together with ACT Policing to keep illicit substances off our streets and our communities safe.”

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