Police operation targets drug, firearms in SW
Police operation targets drug, firearms in SW

Thirty-six people have been charged with drug, firearm and other offences after a police operation in the South West.

Police were targeting drug networks, illicit firearms dealing as well as linked crimes such as burglary and theft.

Five people have been charged with dealing trafficable amounts of drugs.

“This operation is significant for communities in the South West,” South West District Superintendent Peter Hatch said.

“When considering the large number of charges preferred, the effects of this operation will undoubtedly send shockwaves through criminal communities in the South West for a lengthy period.”

Thirty search warrants were executed over a six day period and resulted in 36 people being charged with a variety of drug, firearm and other offences.

A total of 125 charges have been laid after $150,000 cash, about 447g of methyl-amphetamines, 824g of cannabis, 22 cannabis plants, 48 drug implements and paraphernalia, nine firearms, 221 rounds of ammunition, three detonator cords, a crossbow, mobile stun gun, a stolen pedigree dog and over $8000 in suspected stolen property were seized.

The street value of the drugs seized is estimated at between $500,000 and $1 million.

Houses, cars and jewellery with an estimated value of over $875,000 have been seized using “freezing notices” issued under the proceeds of crime legislation.

Superintendent Hatch said: “Intelligence and information received from the public over a lengthy period contributed heavily to the success of this operation which initially focussed on known persons of interest and ultimately resulted in the identification of numerous other alleged associates and drug dealers in several criminal networks across the South West.”

The West Australian

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