Drug supply in Redfern targeted; 39 arrested and further expected – Strike Force Petal

Police have arrested 39 people on drug supply related charges following a three-day operation in Sydney’s inner-city.

Strike Force Petal was established to address the distribution of illicit drugs, including heroin and crystal methylamphetamine (ice), in Redfern, Waterloo and surrounding areas.

After a six-month investigation, alleged dealers and their residences were identified.

On Wednesday (5 June 2019), officers attached to Redfern Police Area Command launched a three-day operation to arrest and charge those identified by Strike Force Petal.

On day one (Wednesday 5 June 2019), 14 men aged between 24 and 64 plus seven women aged between 33 and 58 were arrested and charged in relation to the supply of a prohibited drug.

On day two (Thursday 6 June 2019), nine men aged between 30 and 52 plus four women aged between 19 and 60 were arrested and charged in relation to the supply of a prohibited drug. Three other men were arrested for offences unrelated to Strike Force Petal.

On day three (Friday 7 June 2019) four men aged between 27 and 60 were arrested and charged in relation to the supply of a prohibited drug.

Strike Force Petal is an ongoing operation and police inquiries continue. Superintendent Andrew Holland, Commander of Redfern Police Area Command, says police are focussed on keeping the community safe from drug related crime.

“Illicit drugs cause so much damage to the individuals and families that it affects, and these arrests are an important step in tackling that issue in our local community,” Mr Holland said.

Police need support from the community to identify dealers of illicit drugs. Members of the public who may have information are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 for a confidential conversation, or report securely online at www.crimestoppers.com.au.

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