Police gather further intel on drug network after operation
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.