Avon­dale raid re­veals big haul


Seven peo­ple have been ar­rested after drugs raids in Avon­dale on Mon­day morn­ing and last Thurs­day.

Search war­rants were car­ried out at five prop­er­ties in Bell­grove Pl, Vic­tor St and Scep­tre St, near Avon­dale Col­lege.

Syn­thetic cannabis, cannabis, cash, a shot­gun and am­mu­ni­tion were all seized dur­ing the searches. Syn­thetic drugs were made il­le­gal in 2014.

In­spec­tor Jac­qui Whit­taker said that po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­leged drug deal­ing in Avon­dale had been on­go­ing ‘‘for some time’’.

All seven peo­ple taken into po­lice cus­tody were charged; they were two women and five men aged be­tween 18 and 44 years old.

Charges in­cluded pos­ses­sion of syn­thetic cannabis for sup­ply, cannabis, metham­phetamine, and uten­sils.

One per­son was charged with un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of a firearm, and an­other with breach of bail.

‘‘This is an area with lots of young fam­i­lies and chil­dren, we are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that every­one in this area is safe and feels safe, and that the kids liv­ing here have a happy and pos­i­tive neigh­bour­hood,’’ said Whit­tacker.

‘‘I’d like to thank the res­i­dents for their pa­tience this morn­ing, we know it can be a bit scary see­ing lots of po­lice in your area, but we are com­mit­ted to mak­ing Avon­dale a safe place for all res­i­dents, and I hope this morn­ing’s ar­rests send a clear mes­sage that there is no place for this ac­tiv­ity in this com­mu­nity.’’

The Armed Of­fend­ers Squad was in­volved with parts of the op­er­a­tion as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, a po­lice spokes­woman said.

‘‘This morn­ing’s op­er­a­tion is the re­sult of a long-run­ning in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the sale and dis­tri­bu­tion of syn­thetic cannabis,’’ she said.

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