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Raft of charges after large-scale Inverell drug-bust

TWO men and a woman have been charged with more than 80 offences following an investigation targeting drug-related crime in Inverell.

In March, 2020 investigators attached to New England Police District established Strike Force Midwest to investigate large-scale drug supply within the Inverell district.

About 10.30am on Thursday, October 15 police arrested a man and woman, aged 32 and 27, at a home in Warialda.

During a search of the home, police recovered stolen property, cash, and white powder believed to be methamphetamine.

They were taken to Inverell Police Station where they were charged with multiple drug-related offences.

The man was charged with the following 38 offences:

Supply prohibited drug – less than indictable quantity (x16);

Supply prohibited drug – less than commercial quantity (x3);

Supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis (x4);

Take part supply prohibited drug – less than indictable quantity (x4);

Supply prohibited drug – commercial quantity;

Take part supply prohibited drug – less than commercial quantity;

Knowingly/ recklessly direct criminal group assist crime;

Knowingly direct activities of criminal group (x2);

Owner/ occupier knowingly allow use as drug premises;

Knowingly deal with proceeds of crime (x2);

Goods suspected stolen; and

Possess prohibited drug (x2)

 

The man was refused bail and appeared at Inverell Local Court on Friday, October 16, where he was formally refused bail to appear before the same court on Thursday, December 10.

The woman was charged with supply prohibited drug – less than commercial quantity (x3) and supply prohibited drug – less than indictable quantity (x3).

She was refused bail and appeared at Inverell Local Court on Friday, October 16, where she was formally refused bail to appear before the same court on Thursday 5 November 2020.

Following further inquiries, police arrested a 39-year-old man at a home on Mulligan Street at Inverell, shortly after 10.30am on Friday, October 16.

The man was taken to Inverell Police Station where he was charged with the following 39 offences:

Supply prohibited drug (indictable) (x34);

Knowingly deal with proceeds of crime (x2);

Participate in criminal group contribute to criminal acts;

Owner/ occupier knowingly allow use as a drug premises, and; and

Take part supply prohibited drug

He was refused bail and appeared at Inverell Local Court on Friday, October 16, where he was formally refused bail to reappear before the same court on Thursday 10 December 2020.

Investigations under Strike Force Midwest continue, with further arrests imminent.

Media Release: Monday, October 19, 2020

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