Accused drug dealer working for POLICE arrested in car registered in Sydney’s Covid hotspot

Is this Sydney’s dumbest ‘criminal’? Accused drug dealer working for POLICE is busted near the CBD in a black Mercedes registered at an address in the Covid-strewn Southwest

  • Man employed by NSW police stopped outside 5 km travel limit
  • The Mercedes he drove was registered to Sydney’s Covid hit in the South West
  • Officers were on patrol near the CBD when they stopped the man
  • Officers reportedly found illegal drugs when they searched the man’s car

A police officer has reportedly been caught selling drugs in inner-city Sydney while driving a black Mercedes registered in the South West.

The car was pulled over in Surry Hills, next to the CBD, around 8.45pm on Saturday during a routine patrol after it was found to be registered 15km away.

Officers spoke to the 41-year-old driver – a civilian employee attached to a specialist NSW Police Force Command – before a search of his vehicle reportedly turned up illegal drugs.

Police recently went into effect to check drivers are adhering to travel restrictions (Photo: Police check vehicles in Newtown on July 31)

The driver was charged with allegedly in possession of drugs and prescription illicit substances, and was fined for breaking the block because he was more than 3 miles from his home.

He was given a court notice to appear on October 14 and the NSW Police Department said his employment status will be reviewed.

Earlier this month, 1,400 additional traffic and traffic police officers were dispatched by NSW to enforce lockdown restrictions, including a 5km travel limit in Sydney.

Announcing the crackdown on Aug. 14, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said police would step up enforcement of public health regulations over the next three weeks.

Police crack down on those who ignore public health regulations, especially around traffic between LGAs (Photo: Cops stop traffic heading into town on July 31)

Police crack down on those who ignore public health regulations, especially around traffic between LGAs (Photo: Cops stop traffic heading into town on July 31)

Officers arrested the man's black Mercedes on Saturday (stock image)

Officers arrested the man’s black Mercedes on Saturday (stock image)

The fines were increased to $5,000 on the spot for a $1,000 quarantine violation, along with a $5,000 on-site fine for lying about a permit or contact tracer.

A $3,000 fine was filed for violating the two-person exercise rule in any way and those who went to regional NSW without due cause would be fined $3,000 on the spot.

The 10km exercise and shop limit was also lowered to 5km through Sydney as 500 additional forces were deployed to assist.

“The fines are some of the biggest I’ve seen. The evidence from the police on the grounds that it is that people have violated the regional travel rules. So we see the licensing system being strengthened around it,” said Mr Fuller.

He added that travel restrictions, the singles bubble, exercise and recreation were specific areas where people broke the rules and where police would concentrate.

Police have issued more than 12,600 fines since Operation Stay-At-Home started, including 327 in the past week for people violating curfew rules in the 12 LGAs of care.

Among the fines handed out over the past week was a 31-year-old man from Bankstown who was detained on a train near Parramatta for not wearing a face mask.

Subsequent investigations revealed the man had already tested positive for Covid and had a warrant for three counts of failing to comply with a self-isolation guideline.

He fronted Parramatta’s local court on Wednesday and was denied bail on October 6.

On Thursday, a man, 43, and a woman, 39, were fined after being found in a parked car in Asquith outside the 5km travel limit.

Police found items related to illegal drug use in the car and also found that the woman had returned a positive Covid test and would be isolating herself.

And also on Thursday, Bankstown police were called after a Doonside man had his wallet stolen from his car.

Police arrested a 17-year-old man after the stolen credit cards were used at a number of nearby stores, with the teen later admitting that he had tested positive for Covid and had not isolated himself.

He was admitted to Westmead Hospital and the investigation is ongoing.

COVID RESTRICTIONS IN NSW

Those living in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong must adhere to the following:

* Masks are mandatory in all indoor environments outside the home, including offices and apartment buildings, and you must have a mask with you even if you are training alone.

* Residents can only travel 5 km from their home – less 10 km earlier.

* Practice and gather outside in groups of two.

* Only one member of each household per day is allowed to leave the house for essential errands.

* No browsing in supermarkets and shops. Shop for essential items only.

*Funerals are limited to 10, weddings are prohibited.

* No carpooling with other households when exercising.

* There is no curfew but there is a stay-at-home order, with only four reasons to leave your home.

* Schools are closed with home schooling but no child will be turned away if it has to come in person.

The new rules come on top of the already existing stay-at-home rules, which include only leaving the house to:

* Shop for essential items (one person only).

* Provide care and for compassionate reasons (one visitor only).

* Exercise or for work or training that cannot be performed remotely.

Additional restrictions apply to people in Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Blacktown, Burwood, Bayside, Georges River, Parramatta, Strathfield and parts of Penrith:

* Unless it is an essential service, such as health workers, companies should allow employees to work from home.

* Any authorized employees are allowed to leave their suburbs to work.

* Some authorized employees require a negative Covid test every three days.

*Face masks should be worn outdoors even if you are exercising alone.

The rest of NSW (including regional areas) is subject to the following restrictions. However, specific areas must also abide by quick lockout rules, similar to Greater Sydney’s rules, when cases are found:

  • Dance and gym classes are limited to 20 people per class and masks must be worn.
  • No more than five visitors (including children) in residences.
  • Masks are mandatory in all non-residential indoor environments.
  • The four square meter rule is back for indoor and outdoor setups and standing drinking in indoor locations is not allowed.
  • Dancing is not allowed in indoor hangouts or nightclubs, but dancing at weddings before the wedding party (maximum 20 people) is allowed.

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