Drug gang busted by SA po­lice

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EIGHT men have been ar­rested after a 12-month probe into drug traf­fick­ing in the state’s South East.

Nine prop­er­ties were raided by de­tec­tives at Mt Gam­bier, Nara­coorte and Penola yes­ter­day.

Po­lice al­lege the men were in­volved in the traf­fick­ing of metham­phetamine and cannabis across the state’s South East.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Tony Crameri said the Drug and Or­gan­ised Crime Task­force work col­lab­o­ra­tively with lo­cal po­lice reg­u­larly to tar­get the sup­ply of methy­lam­phetamine in the com­mu­nity.

“This in­ves­ti­ga­tion, con­ducted un­der the frame­work of the SA Po­lice Oper­a­tion AT­LAS which is fo­cused on dis­rupt­ing the methy­lam­phetamine trade, is an ex­am­ple of po­lice ac­tively tar­get­ing drug deal­ers in coun­try lo­ca­tions,” he said.

“The harms as­so­ci­ated with il­licit drug use, in­clud­ing ice, are of­ten mag­ni­fied in ru­ral and iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties.”

All eight men, in­clud­ing five from Nara­coorte have been charged with mul­ti­ple drug traf­fick­ing of­fences. A Mt Gam­bier man, 25, has been charged with pos­sess­ing a firearm, one count of traf­fick­ing a con­trolled drug and traf­fick­ing a com­mer­cial quan­tity.

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