Po­lice gather fur­ther in­tel on drug net­work af­ter op­er­a­tion

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Sev­eral peo­ple have been charged with drug and firearm of­fences af­ter a two-day sting tar­get­ing il­licit drug use and dis­tri­bu­tion in Ex­mouth last week.

Op­er­a­tion Aly­dar saw Ex­mouth po­lice, Pan­na­won­ica po­lice and West Pil­bara De­tec­tives con­duct eight search war­rants in town on ad­dresses ei­ther known to be or sus­pected to be in­volved in sale and sup­ply of drugs.

Seizures in­cluded quan­ti­ties of am­phet­a­mine, heroin and cannabis as well as three firearms and am­mu­ni­tion.

A 45-year-old man was charged with pos­ses­sion of cannabis and am­phet­a­mine. He was also found with un­se­cured firearms, un­li­censed firearms and am­mu­ni­tion.

A 37-year-old man was charged with heroin, cannabis and drug para­pher­na­lia of­fences.

Three other males, all in their 40s, will be charged with cannabis and drug para­pher­na­lia of­fences.

Ex­mouth po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Sargeant Alby Van Den Berg said the tar­geted ad­dresses were se­lected through a mix of po­lice in­tel­li­gence and in­for­ma­tion given by the pub­lic.

“Apart from the seizures of drugs, the main aim of the op­er­a­tion was to gather in­tel­li­gence on the drug dis­tri­bu­tion net­work in Ex­mouth as well as the sup­ply of drugs into the town,” he said.

“The greater suc­cess of the op­er­a­tion was the in­tel­li­gence dis­cov­ered and fur­ther ad­dresses of in­ter­est have been iden­ti­fied both in Ex­mouth and other lo­ca­tions.

“More search war­rants will fol­low up this op­er­a­tion be­cause of this in­for­ma­tion and there are some peo­ple who know they are 100 per cent on our radar.”

Sgt Van Den Berg said the value of in­for­ma­tion from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity in re­la­tion to sus­pi­cious and sus­pected drug ac­tiv­ity could not be stressed enough.

“West Pil­bara De­tec­tives are work­ing with lo­cal po­lice sta­tions to con­duct th­ese oper­a­tions across the Pil­bara and any town, any time could be tar­geted,” he said.

Sgt Van Den Berg said many ad­dresses searched could ex­pect to be searched again.

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