Police have hailed as a success a major drug bust in the Mid West which netted 59 cannabis plants and a “significant” cache of weapons.
Mid West Gascoyne Police made multiple raids across the region late last week as part of a national police operation against the illegal drug trade.
Seven people have been charged with a range of drug and weapons offenses after warrants were executed in Geraldton, Carnarvon, Dongara, Jurien Bay, Leeman and Green Head.
Four people are still being investigated in relation to the search warrants.
Act-Snr. Sgt Julie Foley hailed the success of the Mid West operation.
“I think any drugs that are taken off the streets is a step in the right direction, obviously something we will continue to focus on,” she said.
“It’s important to let the offenders know that we are out there and we are watching them and we will arrest and detect any offences that come through our district.”
Police executed five search warrants on Thursday, locating two hydroponic cannabis crops and seizing 54 cannabis plants.
A further 285 grams of cannabis, with a street value in excess of $7000, and a small quantity of methamphetamine were also seized.
A raid on Friday morning netted an additional five plants, after police searched a home in Scott Rd, Rangeway.
A “significant” cache of weapons, including a high-powered rifle and ammunition, was also seized in the raids.
Two crossbows, a samurai sword and combat axes were among the weapons uncovered.
“It’s certainly a concern that these weapons are out there in the community,” Act-Snr. Sgt Foley said.
“It was a high-powered 7.62 rifle that was seized and also rounds, both of which were unlicensed.”
Search warrants and vehicle stops were conducted in all seven regional districts with drugs seized and stolen property recovered.
Forty-two search warrants were executed by police across WA, resulting in 120 charges being laid.
Drugs seized included cannabis, methamphetamine, amphetamine, cocaine and psylocibin (mushrooms).