Po­lice seize drugs and weapons in raids

Pilbara News - - News - Ben Leahy

Po­lice say they have seized il­licit drugs, weapons and more than $1 mil­lion in as­sets and stolen prop­erty af­ter bust­ing an al­leged Pil­bara drug ring late last month.

East Pil­bara De­tec­tives of­fi­cerin-charge De­tec­tive Sergeant Tony Langer said po­lice be­gan Op­er­a­tion Ma­glor in July last year be­fore search­ing prop­er­ties in Perth, South Hed­land, Kar­ratha, Dampier and New­man on Jan­uary 22.

He said of­fi­cers found metham­phetamine, MDMA, co­caine, a sawn-off shot­gun, stolen com­put­ers, power tools and cash.

Seven men aged from 28 to 60 face more than 100 drug and stolen prop­erty-re­lated charges in con­nec­tion with the seizures.

“It was es­tab­lished dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that a Perth-based male was sup­ply­ing drugs to a South Hed­land-based drug dealer, who would then sup­ply oth­ers in South Hed­land, Kar­ratha and New­man,” Det. Sgt Langer said.

He said Op­er­a­tion Ma­glor had been a long in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in­volv­ing covert sur­veil­lance and co- or­di­na­tion be­tween po­lice units across the State, which greatly boosted pub­lic safety.

“Pro­hib­ited drugs, par­tic­u­larly metham­phetamine, per­pet­u­ate crime in our so­ci­ety,” he said.

“Peo­ple steal to pay for drugs, com­mit vi­o­lent crime while on drugs and it has a huge im­pact on the com­mu­nity and govern­ment agen­cies as a whole,” he said.

“WA Po­lice take a ze­ro­tol­er­ance ap­proach to pro­hib­ited drugs and po­lice will be main- tain­ing a fo­cus on those who sup­ply drugs.”

He said po­lice es­ti­mated the value of the al­legedly stolen prop­erty to be more than $50,000.

The Pro­ceeds of Crime Squad, in co-op­er­a­tion with East Pil­bara De­tec­tives, also seized $1.3 mil­lion worth of as­sets owned by the al­leged of­fend­ers.

De­tec­tives from East and West Pil­bara and Rockingham as well as po­lice from South and Port Hed­land and New­man took part.

Pic­ture: Ben Leahy

East Pil­bara De­tec­tive First Class Con­sta­ble Felipe Tre­jos with re­cov­ered items from last month’s drug bust.

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