Charges laid as criminal drug network dismantled at Goulburn

Southern Region Enforcement Squad (RES) have laid more than 80 charges following an investigation into an alleged drug supply operation.

In September 2020, Strike Force Koombahla was established by the Monaro RES to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs in the Goulburn area.

Following extensive investigations, strike force officers, with the assistance of the Dog Unit and The Hume Police District, arrested two men and two women at homes throughout Goulburn shortly after 6am (Wednesday 14 April 2021), over their alleged involvement in the supply of ‘ice’ and other prohibited drugs throughout the region.

Search warrants were executed at the homes, with officers seizing cannabis, methylamphetamine, prescription medication, prohibited weapons, firearms, cash and electronic devices. These items will undergo forensic examination.

Two men – aged 32 and 54 – and two women – aged 22 and 52 – were arrested and taken to Goulburn Police Station.

They have been charged as follows:

  • The 22-year-old woman was charged with supply prohibited drug (x6), possess prohibited drug, and contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO.
  • The 52-year-old woman was charged with supply prohibited drug (x10), supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis, possess prohibited drug (x2), and deal with property proceeds of crime.
  • The 32-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug (x59), supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis (x2), and possess prohibited drug (x2).
  • The 54-year-old man was charged with sell ice pipe, and supply prohibited drug (x3).

The two women and the younger man were refused bail to appear in Goulburn Local Court today (Wednesday 14 April 2021).

The older man is expected to face the same court at a later date.

Southern Region Operations Manager, Detective Superintendent Kevin McNeil, said the arrests will have a major impact on drug supply throughout the Goulburn area.

“These arrests are the culmination of excellent work by the Region Enforcement Squad,” Det Supt McNeil said.

“Taking drug suppliers off our streets is another way we are continuing to tackle crime in our regional towns and communities.

“The supply of drugs in regional towns has a major impact on our community, and it simply won’t be tolerated.”

Investigations are continuing.

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