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Arrests over alleged drug manufacture - Strike Force Codas

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 06:22:11 PM

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Four men will face court following a police operation targeting drug manufacture in the Hunter Region.

Strike Force Codas was established by police attached to Newcastle City Local Area Command in September 2016 to investigate drug manufacture and supply in and around the Newcastle, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie areas.

Following ongoing investigations, officers executed a search warrant at a home in Broadmeadow, about 9am on Tuesday 28 March 2017.

During the search they located:

A 44-year-old man was arrested at the address and taken to Waratah Police Station where he was charged with drug supply, drug manufacture and firearms offences.

He was refused bail and will next appear in Newcastle Local Court on Tuesday 18 April, 2017.

Further investigations led to the arrest of two men, aged 23 and 25, today (Wednesday 5 April 2017), at Raymond Terrace.

They were taken to Waratah Police Station and charged drug supply.

A search of a Raymond Terrace home allegedly located cannabis, MDMA, pills, cash, and items believed to be proceeds of crime.

Both men were refused bail and will appear in Newcastle Local Court tomorrow (Thursday 6 April 2017).

On Monday 3 April 2017, a 31-year-old man was arrested and charged with drug and firearms offences, dealing with the proceeds of crime and directing a criminal group. He will face Newcastle Local Court Wednesday 19 April 2017.

Newcastle City Investigations Coordinator, Detective Inspector Peter Mahon, says these arrests should act as a warning to others.

“Newcastle City Local Area Command has zero tolerance concerning the supply of illicit drugs in the area,” he said.

“The manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs is a criminal offence regardless of the amount, and we are always getting new information, so it is only a matter of time before we catch up with those who disregard the law.”

“It must be noted that there has been incidents where people who have consumed prohibited drugs have had a medical reaction – if not death – as a consequence.”

“You never know what these drugs contain and consuming them is a great risk.”

Inquiries continue.