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    I know of a major well kind of big drug bust in Brisbane that happened to a mate of mine but I can not seem to find it in any of the papers... I wonder why they only print certain things and not others
     

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    ^^ Was he a bikie? TV Personailty? Football Player? No? there's your answer

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    has there been a police report on it online?
    a lot of journos seem to get their news that way...
    check the qld police media section & see if there's any info
    that's what i do for vic anyway...
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by smiggle View Post
    I know of a major well kind of big drug bust in Brisbane that happened to a mate of mine but I can not seem to find it in any of the papers... I wonder why they only print certain things and not others
    Probably a continuing operation. Your mate is probably not the end game target
     

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    11.6.09

    Drug trafficking arrest, Mt Ommaney: A-36-year-old man will appear in the Richlands Magistrates Court today charged with trafficking, producing and possessing a dangerous drug, possession of a thing used in connection with a crime and possession of tainted property. The Westlake man was located by police around 7.15am yesterday in bushland at Mt Ommaney. He was taken into custody and police searched the surrounding area and allegedly located a quantity of white powder and a pill press. Police searched the man’s home and allegedly located a large sum of money. Other addresses associated with the man were also searched and it is alleged police seized items including drug paraphernali
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    Brisbane property developer 'threatened to bury drug mules'

    Posted Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:45pm AEST
    Updated Thu Jun 11, 2009 7:12am AEST


    A Brisbane jury has heard allegations a property developer was also a high-level drug trafficker who had threatened to bury two drug couriers under a building.

    Property developer Morteza Kashani-Malaki, 45, from Highgate Hill on Brisbane's southside, has pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court to drug trafficking and drug importation.

    Prosecutor Glen Rice described Kashani-Malaki as being a high-level drug trafficker who brought and sold cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and methamphetamine.

    Mr Rice said more than 200 telephone intercepts would be played during the trial, including discussions about the importation of cocaine from Lebanon involving two drug couriers.

    He said in one conversation, Kashani-Malaki tells an associate he would put the two couriers under a building's foundations at St Lucia after they failed to make contact with him as arranged.

    The trial is expected to last four weeks.
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    Woman arrested, charged with drug offences - Strike Force Maldon
    Thursday, 11 Jun 2009 12:35pm

    A woman has been arrested and charged with drug offences following investigations by officers from Strike Force Maldon after police raided a house in Balmain last year.

    In May 2008, Police conducted two search warrants at a home in Birchgrove Road, Balmain. During the first search of the premises police allegedly located a large amount of ecstasy and jewellery.

    At a second search warrant at the premises police allegedly located and seized an amount of cocaine, heroin and morphine.

    Strike Force Maldon comprising officers from Redfern Region Enforcement Squad (RES) was established to investigate the drug offences.

    As a result of on-going investigations, about 4:30pm yesterday, a 31-year-old Penrith woman attended City Central Police Station.

    The woman was arrested and charged with three counts of supplying a prohibited drug greater than indictable quantity and given conditional bail to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on 7 July.
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    Four men charged over drug lab

    11.6.09

    Police in Perth say four men have been charged over the discovery of a hydroponic cannabis set up and a drug laboratory.

    It is alleged police found more than 90 cannabis plants during a search of a property in Margaret Street, Gosnells yesterday morning.

    A later search of a house in Fremantle Road uncovered a methamphetamine laboratory, a rifle, ammunition and a stolen four-wheel drive.

    The men have been charged with drug offences and are due to face the Armadale Magistrates Court this week.
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    Police seize drugs in raids
    Thursday, 11 June 2009 13:04

    Police have seized about 220 grams of amphetamines following drug raids on properties in Melbourne’s west and north west this week.

    Members from the complaints licensing and tasking unit search three properties in Maribyrnong, Footscray and Avondale Heights as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the western suburbs.

    The three searches resulted in police seizing almost $40,000 cash, counterfeit cash, about 220 grams of amphetamines, about 10 grams of heroin, capsicum spray, a knife and smaller quantities of cannabis, ice and ecstasy.

    A 36-year-old Footscray man, a 55-year-old Maribyrnong man and a 31-year-old Avondale Heights man were charged with various offences, including traffick amphetamine, traffick heroin, possess a controlled weapon and possess proceeds of crime.

    The men have all been bailed to appear in Sunshine Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
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    NEWS: 13.6.09 - Five drug-related arrests in Melbourne suburbs 
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    FOUR men and a teenager have been arrested and charged with drugs offences yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in Melbourne's western suburbs.

    Police made the arrests and seized illicit drugs after executing search warrants on four properties in Footscray, Sunshine and Braybrook.

    A 24-year old man from Sunshine, a 14-year-old boy from Maidstone and a 22-year-old man from Footscray were charged with trafficking and possessing heroin and possessing proceeds of crime.

    They will appear in court at a later date.

    Two men from Sunshine, aged 29 and 30, were charged with trafficking and possessing a range of illicit drugs, and possessing the proceeds of crime.

    They were remanded in custody to appear at the Sunshine Magistrates Court on Monday.

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    Police raid turns up kilos of amphetamines



    Shannon Deery

    June 12, 2009 11:35pm

    POLICE have seized more than three kilograms of amphetamines after a drug raid in the western suburbs.
    Members of the Footscray Complaints Licensing and Tasking Unit executed four search warrants in the suburbs of Footscray, Sunshine and Braybrook resulting in the seizure of a large quantity of illicit drugs.

    Police seized approximately 60 grams of heroin and over three kilograms of amphetamines.

    A 24-year old man from Sunshine, a 14-year-old boy from Maidstone and a 22-year-old man from Footscray were charged with traffic and possess heroin as well as possessing proceeds of crime and will appear at court on a later date.

    Thu Dnag, 29, and Van Nguyen, 30, from Sunshine were also charged with traffic and possess commercial quantity of amphetamines as well as possess heroin, possess ice and possess proceeds of crime.

    They have been remanded in custody to appear at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
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    Medic faces drug charges

    Last updated 05:00 16/06/2009

    A Wellington medical professional is among four people charged with importing $3 million worth of illegal drugs into the country.

    The man, 29, who was granted interim name suppression in Wellington District Court yesterday, faces 10 charges of importing and supplying the drug fantasy between March last year and June.

    He was arrested yesterday morning after a police and Customs operation caught hundreds of litres of the class B drug coming into Wellington from China. Another Wellington man, 38, a man in Auckland, 32, and one from Rotorua, 33, also face drugs charges.

    Detective Senior Sergeant Darrin Thomson said police and Customs had been working for months on Operation Midwest, monitoring the arrival of more than 20 packages of GBL (gamma-butyrolactone) from China.

    "[The operation] has caused significant disruption to GBL coming into Wellington."

    Police were working with Chinese authorities to find out where the drugs had come from. The Wellington men were remanded in custody till today.
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    Fink arrested for drug trafficking

    June 15, 2009 04:06pm

    A FINKS motorcycle gang member has been arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

    Police stopped a 38-year-old Flagstaff Hill man driving a Holden sedan on Honeypot Rd, Noarlunga Downs at about 1.30pm on Saturday.

    A large quantity of amphetamine and cash were allegedly found in the car.

    The 14 grams of amphetamine would be about 1100 street deals.

    Police will allege they also found a small amount of amphetamine during a subsequent search of the man's home.

    He was refused police bail and remanded to appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court today.

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    Police seize drug cash

    By Charlene Gatt


    16th June 2009 11:05:59 AM

    POLICE have seized more than $40,000 in cash and counterfeit money from a drug raid in the West last week.

    Officers from the Complaints Licensing and Tasking Unit searched three properties in Maribyrnong, Footscray and Avondale Heights as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the West.

    The search uncovered 220 grams of amphetamines, 10 grams of heroin, and smaller quantities of cannabis, ice and ecstasy.

    Police also found almost $40,000 cash, counterfeit cash, capsicum spray and a knife.

    A 36-year-old Footscray man, a 55-year-old Maribyrnong man and a 31-year-old Avondale Heights man have been charged with various offences, including trafficking amphetamines, trafficking heroin, possession of a controlled weapon and possession of proceeds of crime.

    The men have been bailed and will appear at Sunshine Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

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    Two men charged, 5000 MDMA tablets seized — Central Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad
    Tuesday, 16 Jun 2009 05:10am

    Two men are due to face court today after police seized a bag of MDMA tablets weighing more than 1.5kg and worth $150,000 in Sydney’s inner-west.

    Investigators from the Surry Hills-based Central Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad were carrying out inquiries in the Stanmore area yesterday.

    While making inquiries, officers approached three men in the car park of a fast food outlet on Parramatta Road, Stanmore, about 5pm.

    Two men were subsequently arrested and during a search police will allege they located a brown paper bag containing approximately 5000 MDMA tablets.

    The tablets, weighing more than 1.5kg, have an estimated potential street value of $150,000 and will be subjected to a forensic examination.

    The pair was taken to Newtown Police Station where they were questioned overnight before being charged with supply large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.

    The men – both aged 20 and from Horningsea Park – were refused bail to appear in Newtown Local Court today.

    Meanwhile, police are urging any members of the public with information about the manufacture or supply of illicit drugs to contact their nearest police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

    Information can be provided anonymously and in the strictest confidence.
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    Mysteriously heavy suitcase leads to drug arrest
    Amelia Bentley
    June 17, 2009 - 1:01PM

    A Canadian drug courier who smuggled more than $1.8 million worth of high-quality cocaine into Brisbane International Airport has been jailed for 10 years.

    Candace Marie Brayton, 26, had 3.34kg of cocaine stashed under the lining of a suitcase when she flew into Brisbane on a Cathay Pacific flight from Vancouver in January last year.

    Today in the Queensland Supreme Court in Brisbane, Brayton pleaded guilty to one charge of importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled substance.

    Brayton, a former waitress, told Australian Federal Police after her arrest she had brought the modified suitcase containing the drugs to test Australia's airport security.

    Commonwealth prosecutor Laura Manville said Brayton told police, "I guess the reasoning is to see how it goes through your security."

    "She said, 'All I know is I need the money to get out of the situation I'm in at home.'"

    The drugs were found when Australian Customs officers discovered that when the suitcase was emptied of its contents, it still weighed 13.9kg, Ms Manville said.

    A swab test of the luggage returned a positive result for traces of cocaine and officers then found the suitcase had been modified to accommodate six rectangular packs of white powder inside heat-sealed clear plastic bags.

    Ms Manville said the cocaine was between 72.9 per cent and 73.2 per cent purity and it was estimated the drugs had a street value of just over $1.8 million.

    Defence barrister Julie Sharp said Brayton was addicted to cocaine at the time of the offence and had been enlisted by a Canadian woman who worked for a drug dealer to take the suitcase to Australia in return for payment.

    She said Brayton was "a mere courier" who knew very little about the drug operation in which she was involved.

    The court was told Brayton, being a foreign citizen, would find jail time harder than an Australian citizen, taking into account her family and friends were in Canada.

    But Justice Glenn Martin said that was the risk Brayton took.

    "That is a risk taken by any person who comes into this country knowing they are bringing a dangerous drug," he said.

    He sentenced her to 10 years' jail with a non-parole period of six years.

    He declared 17 months spent in jail awaiting sentence as time already served.

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    Man jailed for 13 years in multi-million dollar MDMA bust
    Jun 17, 2009 5:15pm

    A 56-year-old man was sentenced to 13 years in prison and declared a drug trafficker after he was nabbed in an MDMA bust in Waikiki in late 2007.

    A 56-year-old man was sentenced to 13 years in prison and declared a drug trafficker after he was nabbed in a $6.5 million MDMA bust in Waikiki in late 2007.

    Dusko Gligorovski was found guilty by a Perth District Court jury earlier this year on charges of conspiring to possess MDMA - a key ingredient of ecstasy - with intent to sell or supply and attempted possession of MDMA with intent to sell or supply.

    Yesterday, Judge Kevin Sleight handed down a 13-year jail term after he told Gligorovski his conviction fell within the "worst category" of offences.

    The court was told that in November 2007, a plumber was connecting deep sewerage at a house leased byGligorovski at Charthouse Road in Waikiki.

    Whiledigging up the backyard to make a connection, the plumber came upon a 60-litreplastic drum buried in the ground.

    Inside the drum were four large heat-sealed plasticbags. The police were notified and they visited the house.

    The bags were tested and they were found to have contained 19.708 kilograms of MDMA or ecstasyin the form of a powder.

    "The purity of the drug was 71 to 79 per cent," Judge Sleight remarked, adding he accepted the value of the drugs was "estimated to be somewhere between approximately $2.3 million and $6.5 million".

    The court was told police removed the prohibited drugs and replaced them with another substance. They then re-buried the barrel and restored the ground to its previous appearance.

    Surveillance cameras were established in the rear yard of the premises and also up the driveway.

    Police then waited for Gligorovski and his 26-year-old son Igor - who was acquitted of the same charges during the trial - to come and collect the drugs.

    "Although, initially there was some delay on your part, you and your son attended the property and the surveillance film shows you and he digging up the barrel containing the drugs and removing it from the premises," Judge Sleight said.

    "Your son was acquitted of all the charges against him as it could not be established that he had any prior knowledge of the contents of the barrel."

    The judge said the relationship between Gligorovski and his son "has deteriorated" and that Igor had not visited his father while he was in jail awaiting sentence.

    The judge said there was no doubt Gligorovski had an intention to sell the drugs due to the "extraordinarily high" amount of MDMA.

    "I am satisfied that your involvement in the conspiracy was very significant," Judge Sleight told Gligorovski.

    "I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the premises at Waikiki were rented by you at least at the time of the renewal of the lease with a view to obtaining an unoccupied premises for storing of the drugs."

    The judge took into account in mitigation the man's age, his history of depression "and the fact that you have no relatives living in Western Australia except your son who appears to have disowned you".Â

    He said a term of imprisonment was the only appropriate penalty in this case.

    "The large quantity and the high purity of the drug found in your possession...suggested a high level of intended commercial dealing in a place in the hierarchy of drug trafficking very close to manufacture," Judge Sleight said.

    "I conclude, given the extremely large quantity of the drug and the high level of purity of the drug and your direct involvement in the possession and storage of the drug that this matter comes within the worst category of offences."

    Gligorovski will be eligible for parole in 11 years.
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    POLICE have alleged that a baby - who is still months away from having its first birthday - has been living in a house that was a cannabis nursery.

    Officers who raided the house in Diamond Cres, Fairfield, in Sydney's south-west yesterday, found 100 cannabis plants growing in three rooms in a sophisticated hydroponic operation.

    The plants have an estimated street value of about $200,000, they said.

    A 41-year-old man arrested at the property was charged with multiple drug offences, including cultivating and supplying the illegal drug.

    He is due to face Fairfield Local Court today.

    "It will be alleged evidence was found indicating a seven-month-old baby had been living at the property,'' police said.

    "The Department of Community Services was notified as a result.''

    A 37-year-old woman arrested in the raid was questioned and released without charge pending further investigations.
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    Ecstasy arrest ‘a big win in the drugs war’


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    SALLY EVANS
    18/06/2009 10:07:00 AM

    AN alleged drug dealer is in police custody following raids on three Lavington homes yesterday.

    The woman, 32, was arrested after 150 ecstasy tablets and more than $3500 in cash were uncovered in the police operation.

    Det Insp Brad Blanchard, of Albury police, said the arrest was a significant victory in the war against drugs in the city.

    “We see it as having taken another supplier off the streets of Albury,” he said.

    “It should be sending a clear message to those involved in the manufacture and supply of drugs that we are about, we’re active in that area and we’ll continue to be.”

    Raids were conducted at homes in McDonald Road, Lavington, and Glenelg Drive and Gardinia Street in Springdale Heights.

    More than 18 officers from Albury and Deniliquin police were involved, along with a sniffer dog from Sydney.

    Glass bottles and an egg were thrown at media who had gathered in Glenelg Drive and Gardinia Street during the raids.

    Residents also hurled abuse from adjoining homes, with one woman telling cameramen and journalists to leave the street alone.

    Insp Blanchard said the raids formed part of an operation known as Strikeforce Judkin, which began with a tip-off from a member of the public about a month ago.

    “From that information we’ve continued the investigation, identified those suppliers involved and made that arrest,” he said.

    “We expect that further arrests will be made — it’s just a matter of time.”

    Ecstasy seized in the raid is estimated to have a street value of $4000.

    Insp Blanchard hoped the capture would deliver a considerable blow to the local drug market.

    “We’ve run other operations in the past and we’ve seen significant results and reduction in the amounts of drugs that are around on the streets,” he said.

    “We hope that this contributes to that as well.”

    Insp Blanchard warned the police operation would be ongoing and that officers were taking a tough stand in relation to anyone caught with drugs.

    “We won’t take a backward step when it comes to that sort of stuff,” he said.

    “And if any members of the public have any information at all in relation to drugs, drug supply, drug manufacture, please contact us.”

    The Springdale Heights woman was charged with the ongoing supply of prohibited drugs and will appear before Albury Local Court today.
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    Man charged over McDonald's ecsatasy deal



    Friday, 19 June 2009 2:51 PM

    A man has been charged over a $150,000 drug deal in a Sydney fast food restaurant.

    Police say they observed a man passing a large brown paper bag to two other men at the Stanmore premises, in Sydney's inner-west, about 5pm (AEST) on Monday.

    Officers stopped the three men and allegedly found 5,000 ecstasy tablets with an estimated street value of $150,000.

    Detectives on Friday charged a 20-year-old man from Prestons in Sydney's southwest with supplying a large commercial amount of ecstasy.
    He was refused bail to appear in Liverpool Local Court on Friday.

    Yesterday a Sydney gunman, who held police at bay for eight hours in another McDonald’s restaurant on the NSW mid-north coast was refused bail in court.

    49-year-old Dennis Borg is facing numerous firearms charges, after he stormed into the restaurant at a service centre near Port Macquarie, during yesterday's breakfast rush, firing his gun into the ceiling.

    The case has been adjourned until August 8 - he'll remain behind bars until then.

    Diners say he fired up to 12 shots, but no one was hurt.

    “We heard a couple of shots – we were just pleased to get out of there,” a witness told Channel Ten last night.

    Around 50 people were evacuated from three surrounding fast food outlets and a petrol station on the Oxley Highway.

    Borg, who’s from suburban Doonside, surrendered to police at 4.20 in the afternoon.

    McDonald's Australia spokeswoman Kristene Mullen said she had no idea what had sparked the stand-off, but praised staff for getting diners out of the restaurant safely.

    "They are trained in a whole range of events so, obviously, when this happened they went into automatic pilot and it was handled very well," she said.

    "Credit to them for getting everyone out safely."

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    Second armed hold-up at Maccas restaurants in a week... craziness... lol

    and honestly, busting 150 pills is a big victory for the cops??

    pull the other one!!!!
     

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    NEWS: 22.6.09 - Man charged over prison cell drugs plot 
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    A MAN has been charged after police foiled his attempt to smuggle drugs into a prison cell.

    The 26-year-old Oakleigh man was visiting the Sunshine police station with clothing and personal items for a male friend who was being held in custody.

    Police found a syringe head, five needles, 20 MS Contin, 96 Temazepam and a quantity of cannabis hidden in a hollowed out area of a shoe.

    Acting Senior Sergeant Adam Fry said the drugs bust was due to the diligence of three members who were performing prisoner escort duties.

    “They all did a good job; you have to be alert and on the ball in these situations, especially when dealing with prisoners,’’ he said.

    “Let this be a lesson to anyone else who thinks they can come in here and pull the same trick.’’

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    'Ice Bus' exposed in drug sting
    June 26, 2009 - 5:44AM

    POLICE searching a rural block near Ipswich allegedly stumbled across an old bus which had been allegedly fitted out as a clandestine methylamphetamine lab.

    Ipswich Tactical Crime Squad Sergeant Graham Patch said officers were searching a residence at Thagoona-Haigslea Road, Thagoona, about 12.30pm on Wednesday as part of a two-day operation targeting producers of illicit drugs.

    Police said the bus contained glassware, two burners, a quantity of cold and flu tablets, and pre-cursor chemicals – all of which were allegedly used to extract pseudoephedrine to make the drug ice.

    A 32-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were detained while scientific examinations took place and the equipment was dismantled.
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    Man arrested, almost a kilo of ecstasy seized — Gundagai
    Friday, 26 Jun 2009 04:49pm

    A South Australian man has been arrested and charged following the alleged discovery of drugs and cash during a vehicle stop near Gundagai late last night.

    About 11:35pm, the Hume Highway Strategy Highway Patrol car stopped a Mercedes van on the Highway north of Gundagai near the Dog on the Tucker Box Complex for a random breath test.

    During the stop, police conducted a search of the van where they allegedly located almost a kilogram of ecstasy tablets as well as an amount of cash.

    The driver, a 68-year-old man, was arrested and taken to Gundagai Police Station before being taken to Gundagai Hospital and later transferred to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital complaining of chest pains.

    The man remains under guard at hospital and was this afternoon charged with supply prohibited drug greater than large commercial quantity, possess prohibited drug and three counts of deal with property suspected being the proceeds of crime.

    He has been refused bail and is expected to appear at Wagga Wagga Local Court on 30 June.

    The Mercedes van was seized by police for further examination and investigations into the matter are continuing
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    10 arrested as Operation Towers targets drugs supply – Woolloomooloo
    Saturday, 27 Jun 2009 05:34am

    Kings Cross Police are continuing to target the ongoing supply of drugs in Woolloomooloo after 10 people were arrested in a two-day operation.

    Operation Towers was conducted by police from the Woolloomooloo sector of Kings Cross Local Area Command and the Kings Cross Proactive Crime Team.

    The operation targets the supply and use of illegal drugs within the Woolloomooloo area.

    During a two day phase of the operation conducted on 24 and 25 June, police arrested and charged nine men and one woman with a range of offences including drug supply and possession and property matters. Those arrested included:

    A 24-year-old man was charged with supplying a prohibited drug. He appeared in Downing Centre Local Court yesterday (26 June) and was refused bail to reappear at the same court on 30 June.

    A 30-year-old man was charged with supplying a prohibited drug. He appeared in Downing Centre Local Court yesterday (26 June) and will reappear at the same court on 21 August after being granted conditional bail.

    A 28-year-old man was charged with goods in custody after a police hat and a Corrective Services identification badge were allegedly located and seized. He will appear in Downing Centre Local Court on 17 July.

    A 40-year-old woman was charged with possessing an offensive implement after police allegedly found a glass breaking hammer in her possession. She was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on 16 July.

    Operation Towers will continue to target drug supply and possession within the Woolloomooloo area.
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