Alleged Crimes of the East
Bondi Pair Charged Over Massive Meth Haul
Two Bondi men have been charged over a huge haul of crystal meth as part of a police operation targeting organised criminal networks.
According to a police press release, officers tried to speak to the pair as they unloaded a package from the rear of a vehicle on Ocean Street at Bondi. One man got into the car and sped off and the other fled on foot. But they were quickly apprehended and a short time later investigators executed two search warrants at homes in Bondi. They seized 4.5kg of meth with an estimated street value of almost $4 million, along with luxury watches, clothing and electronic goods.
The men, aged 24 and 27, were taken to Waverley Police Station, where they were charged with a number of offences including importing a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug. They were among 115 people arrested as part of the two-day Operation Hawk, targeting organised crime networks, including outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a female wanted on an outstanding warrant.
Jacqueline Streek, aged 37 (pictured), is wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for assault and drug-related offences.
Jacqueline is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 170cm tall, of thin build with light coloured eyes.
She is known to frequent the Hillsdale area. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Local businesses have been illegally profiting from the demand for rapid antigen tests, with reports Eastern Suburbs retailers have been charging as much as $100 for a single test.
The $100 price tag was spotted at a local chemist, according to a posting on the Bondi Local Loop page on Facebook. But Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Simms says anything above $20 is “too high,” and when prices exceed $30, it is “beyond outrageous.”
After getting 120 complaints a day about RAT test prices and dodgy practices like breaking up packs into single units, the ACCC is threatening to prosecute offending retailers for unconscionable conduct. And the Australian Federal Police (AFP) is happy to assist with bringing unscrupulous RAT retailers to justice
“The AFP will use its full powers to crack down on RAT price gouging,” AFP Assistant Commissioner Crime Command Nigel Ryan says.
Pharmacies are said to have been the worst offenders when it comes to unreasonable RAT mark-ups, accounting for a third of complaints to the ACCC. Hot on their heels come handy marts and petrol stations, with IGA and BP singled out for a special mention.
Teenager Drove at Double the Speed Limit
An 18-year-old youth was clocked driving a BMW at 120km/h on Bunnerong Road, Matraville – a 60km/h zone. But it will now be some time before he gets to play racing car driver again. The holder of an international licence was given a six-month driving ban and his registration plates were confiscated for three months. Highway Patrol officers also fined him $2,547.
Police charged five young men following a wild brawl at a property in Alison Road, Randwick. Up to ten people are said to have been involved in the fight.
Officers from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command arrived to find that a 19-year-old man had been knocked unconscious and a 22-year-old man had suffered facial injuries and concussion. They were taken by ambulance to Prince of Wales Hospital.
Five men aged between 18 and 22 were arrested and charged with affray.
There has been a bit of a theft epidemic lately, with everything from letterbox thefts to high-level shoplifting.
At a store in Bondi Junction, two women were nabbed with a shopping trolley loaded with allegedly stolen clothing and cosmetics worth $3,840. They are also said to have had a magnetic de-tagging device.
Meanwhile, there have been thefts from letterboxes and doorsteps and possessions have been stolen from parked vehicles. Some tool stole a tradie’s tool kit and Makita jobsite radio from outside a home in Ramsgate Avenue in Bondi. In Newland Lane, Bondi Junction, a car was stolen while left unattended with the engine running and a scooter was taken in Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach. There have been several bicycle thefts and a locked electric bike disappeared near Mackenzies Bay. In Matraville, a resident’s prized red Commodore went AWOL. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.