Ma­jor drug sting leads to 11 charged

Albany Extra - - News - John Dob­son and Tim Clarke

Po­lice have charged 11 peo­ple over a se­ries of drug of­fences in a ma­jor sting across Wheat­belt, Great South­ern and South West towns.

De­tec­tives is­sued sev­eral search war­rants this month in­clud­ing at prop­er­ties in Wa­gin, Quairad­ing, Keller­ber­rein, West Bus­sel­ton, Brunswick and Seville Grove.

Drugs in­clud­ing methy­lam­phetamine, cannabis and a cannabis plant were seized by po­lice.

To date, a to­tal of 11 peo­ple have been charged with 60 drug-related of­fences and are due to ap­pear in court at a later date.

It comes af­ter a Perth teenager was of­fi­cially de­clared one of Aus­tralia’s youngest drug traf­fick­ers — but es­caped im­me­di­ate de­ten­tion — af­ter ad­mit­ting to sup­ply­ing tens of thou­sands of dol­lars worth of ice, which was even­tu­ally sold on the streets of Northam.

The boy was just 15 when he be­came a ma­jor link in the meth sup­ply chain, con­spir­ing and of­fer­ing to sell the high-pu­rity drug to a friend’s sis­ter, who was sell­ing it in the Wheat­belt, Perth Chil­dren’s Court heard last week.

When she be­came the tar­get of a ma­jor po­lice sting in late 2016, the boy’s in­volve­ment was dis­cov­ered.

And when they found 17.4g of the deadly drug hid­den in a fake Red Bull can in the woman’s car, it was traced back to the teenage sup­plier, who at the time was liv­ing in a no­to­ri­ous drug house in Perth’s north­ern sub­urbs.

When po­lice raided that home in Novem­ber, 2016, they found the boy with more than 28g of meth and more than 100 ec­stasy tablets down his pants. Judge Hyl­ton Quail or­dered a 12-month con­di­tional re­lease or­der for the boy.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing il­licit drug deal­ing in the com­mu­nity is en­cour­aged to con­tact Crime Stop­pers by phon­ing 1800 333 000 or to visit the Crime Stop­pers web­site at crimestop­pers wa.com.au, where all in­for­ma­tion is treated con­fi­den­tially and you can re­main anony­mous if you wish.

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