Man arrested at Diamond Beach as part of an investigation into the importation, manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs on the Central Coast and western Sydney

A 38-year-old man was arrested at Diamond Beach as part of an investigation into the importation, manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs on the Central Coast and western Sydney.

At about 10am on Tuesday, November 6, Manning Great Lakes Police District officers assisted detectives from the drug and firearms squad’s Strike Force Footman with the arrest and a search warrant at a Diamond Beach caravan park.

During the search warrant, police located a drill press and other items that relate to the manufacturing of prohibited drugs.

He was bail refused and appeared at Forster Local Court.

A second man, aged 32, was arrested on the Central Coast on Thursday, November 8.

In May 2017 detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad, with the assistance of the Australian Border Force, established Strike Force Footman after receiving information that chemicals and precursors were being imported from overseas to manufacture MDMA and methylamphetamine.