Mid West Gascoyne police combined as the full force of the law hit Geraldton’s drug trade for six last week.
More than 1.5 kilograms of cannabis, firearms and thousands of dollars in cash were seized after 16 raids across Geraldton and a vehicle stop in Eneabba.
As of Friday, 12 people had been charged with drug-related offences.
Police uncovered a hydroponic cannabis lab at a house in Paringa St, Mt Tarcoola on Friday, seizing cannabis, an unlicensed rifle and ammunition.
A 27-year-old man was arrested and charged with possession of a prohibited drug, possession of an unlicensed rifle and ammunition.
Police said enquiries were continuing yesterday into the seizure of a sawn-off, double barrel shotgun and $9500 cash from a car in Geraldton on Monday night.
A man was charged with unlawful possession of $1400 cash after a vehicle stop in Rangeway on Thursday.
Geraldton police Sgt Mark Adams said the operation targetted dealing of drugs brought to Geraldton from Perth via the Brand Hwy.
“This operation has been a success. We’ve had some significant seizures and we’re hoping it has made an impact on our drug dealers in Geraldton,” he said.
On Thursday, Leeman police uncovered one kilogram of cannabis in a car on Brand Hwy, which police believe was destined for Geraldton’s streets.
Two men from Wonthella and Tarcoola, aged 36 and 30, were charged with possession of cannabis with intent to sell or supply.
Geraldton detectives, the Volume Crime Team and officers from Northampton and Mullewa joined forces in the operation, assisted by two drug detection dogs.
Sgt Adams said police would continue to close the net on anyone who chose to deal drugs.
“We’re actively targetting drug dealers in our districts and if people are going to do that, eventually we will get on them and we will catch them — so do that at your own risk,” he said.