Charges laid af­ter raid

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

KENS­ING­TON de­tec­tives dished out a string of drug-re­lated charges last week af­ter seiz­ing more than $3 mil­lion worth of as­sets dur­ing raids in Welsh­pool, East Perth, Joon­dalup and Mirra­booka.

De­tec­tives seized il­licit drugs, firearms and sus­pected stolen prop­erty as part of the on­go­ing drug in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the South­East Metropoli­tan District.

Of­fi­cers from the or­gan­ised crime squad were later called to a home they sus­pected was a metham­phetamine pro­cess­ing site.

Of­fi­cers seized as­sets, in­clud­ing a $400,000 bank ac­count, sev­eral com­mer­cial prop­er­ties and a res­i­den­tial prop­erty pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Act­ing De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Tom Tris­tram said po­lice tar­geted peo­ple who at­tempted to dis­trib­ute drugs to vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

“From what we have es­tab­lished so far it would ap­pear stolen prop­erty may have been used to pur­chase drugs, which con­trib­utes to the level of crime such as bur­glar­ies and steal­ing of­fences,” he said.

“I en­cour­age any­one with in­for­ma­tion about sus­pected drug deal­ing to come for- ward and con­tact Crime Stop­pers.

“In­for­ma­tion re­ceived from the pub­lic helps di­rect re­sources to where we can make the most im­pact.”

A 54-year-old Welsh­pool man was one of seven charged with drug of­fences.

Po­lice search a site as part of their raids last week.

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