A 53-year-old man was arrested on Thursday morning in a shopping centre car park in Auburn, with police later seizing 350 tins of baby formula, 42 bottles of vitamins and 47 tubs of menthol rub from his Greystanes home. Police believe the items were stolen.
A raid on a Homebush storage facility later on Thursday allegedly uncovered an additional 1000 tins of baby formula, 1000 bottles of vitamins, 300 tubs of pawpaw cream and 100 electric toothbrushes. A 40-year-old man was arrested at the facility.
The items seized at the house and storage facility are valued at about $100,000, police say.
Clothing items were also seized from an Auburn apartment.
As part of the syndicate, the older man allegedly facilitated the theft of the baby formula and other items, while the younger man allegedly received and exported the goods for sale.
Both men have been charged and bailed to appear at Burwood Local Court on November 12.