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Three charged over $45m ice bust in Sydney

AAP logoAAP 23/07/2016 By Sophie Tarr

A routine traffic stop has led to the seizure of nearly $45 million worth of ice and left a significant dent in a Sydney organised crime network.

Police say they pulled a 26-year-old man over in Haymarket on Friday after they spotted him using his phone while driving.

Superintendent Danny Doherty, operations manager for the Central Metropolitan Region, says the man's demeanour prompted officers to take a closer look.

"His behaviour, mannerisms and certain other information they had formed an opinion they had to search the vehicle - three kilos of ice were allegedly found in the car," Superintendent Doherty told reporters on Sunday.

The discovery led police to stop a 30-year-old Marrickville man carrying a suitcase along Canberra Street in St Johns Park, in the city's west, on Saturday afternoon.

Inside that suitcase was another 10 kilograms of ice, police say.

Within hours police swooped on a home in the same street, where they arrested a 21-year-old man and allegedly seized $1.4 million cash.

Another search warrant was executed at a home on Ann Street, Marrickville, where police say they found almost 76.7 kilograms of ice.

"That equates to 900,000 street deals that have been prevented from hitting the streets, with an estimated street value of $45 million. So that's a significant impact on this network, he told reporters.

"I was there last night, and to see nearly 77 kilos of ice in a room - that's the largest amount of ice I've seen in 31 years in policing."

The 30-year-old and the 21-year-old are in custody and will face Parramatta Local Court later on Sunday over proceeds of crime and drug charges.

The 26-year-old man, from Hornsby in the city's north, has already appeared in court and is expected to remain behind bars until he reappears in Central Local Court on Thursday.

He has been charged with supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.

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