Po­lice raid sub­urbs

PO­LICE seized methy­lam­phetamine worth $1.5 mil­lion in raids on 80 premises across the south­ern sub­urbs on Fri­day. They found guns, cash and $350,000 worth of stolen goods and charged 152 peo­ple.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

SOUTH East Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice has un­cov­ered $1.72 mil­lion worth of drugs and charged 152 peo­ple with more than 420 of­fences in a ma­jor crime op­er­a­tion.

As of last Fri­day, po­lice had seized more than $260,000 in cash, stolen prop­erty es­ti­mated at $350,000, 1.53kg of methy­lam­phetamine, 7kg of cannabis, 150 grams of co­caine and 58 ec­stasy tablets.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the methy­lam­phetamine was worth ap­prox­i­mately $1.53m on the streets and all the drugs are es­ti­mated to be worth $1.72m.

The crime op­er­a­tion tar­geted vol­ume crime and sub­ur­ban drug deal­ing in the South East Met­ro­pol­i­tan Dis­trict.

Po­lice searched 80 premises and charged 44 peo­ple with sell­ing and sup­ply­ing methy­lam­phetamine.

Po­lice also seized 14 firearms, in­clud­ing two home­made sub ma­chine guns, am­mu­ni­tion and other weapons.

South Metropoli- tan Re­gion Com­man­der Pryce Scan­lan said sub­ur­ban ‘drug homes’ were of­ten a cen­tre point for high vol­ume crimes.

“The oc­cu­pants of these prop­er­ties are caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant harm in our com­mu­nity and in many cases are also bring­ing mis­ery to their law-abid­ing neigh­bours,” Cdr Scan­lan said.

“These homes are char­ac­terised by fre- quent vis­its from mul­ti­ple ve­hi­cles at any hour of the day, and of­ten gen­er­ate anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, which dis­rupts the lives of in­no­cent peo­ple.

“We ini­tially started with a list of 25 houses based on in­for­ma­tion sup­plied by the pub­lic and from po­lice in­tel­li­gence hold­ings, but that has grown sig­nif­i­cantly to the 80 premises raided so far.”

The op­er­a­tion has in­volved more than 200 of­fi­cers from the South East Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Dis­trict, State Traf­fic Op­er­a­tions, mounted and ca­nine op­er­a­tions, and the Or­gan­ised Crime Squad’s Meth Teams, cre­ated un­der the Meth En­force­ment Ac­tion Plan.

Sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour can be re­ported by call­ing Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or on­line at www.crimestop­per­swa.com.au.

Var­i­ous teams, in­clud­ing the mounted po­lice, were in­volved in the crime crack­down.

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