Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

KENSINGTON De­tec­tives seized cannabis, methy­lam­phetamine and heroin as part of an op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing drugs and high vol­ume crimes. Twelve peo­ple were charged with a to­tal of 25 of­fences as a re­sult of Op­er­a­tion Ne­bu­lous. On Jan­uary 4 and 5, Kensington De­tec­tives ex­e­cuted nine search war­rants on prop­er­ties in St James, Kensington, Carlisle, Kew­dale, Canning Vale, Belmont and Wil­son based on po­lice in­tel­li­gence and in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from the pub­lic. De­tec­tives lo­cated and seized an as­sort­ment of am­mu­ni­tion, an un­li­censed homemade hand­gun, a hy­dro­ponic cannabis set-up, as­sorted drug para­pher­na­lia and var­i­ous amounts of cannabis ma­te­rial, cannabis plants, methy­lam­phetamine, heroin and dex­am­phetamine. Kensington De­tec­tives of­fi­cer-in-charge De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Tom Tris­tram said Op­er­a­tion Ne­bu­lous was an ini­tia­tive tar­get­ing mid-level methy­lam­phetamine deal­ers across the South East Metropoli­tan District with a con­nec­tion to other crime. “It is well known that drug users com­mit vol­ume crime of­fences to fuel their drug use,” he said. “By tar­get­ing mid-level deal­ers and re­mov­ing the source for these drugs, we gen­er­ally see a de­crease in bur­glary and steal­ing of­fences shortly af­ter these type of op­er­a­tions.”

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