Drugs and $240,000 cash seized; man charged with 80 offences – Hunter Region Enforcement Squad

A man has been charged with 80 offences as part of an investigation into the supply of prohibited drugs in the state’s Hunter region.

In February 2021, officers from Hunter Region Enforcement Squad established Strike Force Hanging to investigate the supply of methylamphetamine throughout the Newcastle and Port Stephens regions.

As part of investigations, a search warrant was executed at a house on Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, on Tuesday 13 April 2021.

Police seized more than $240,000 cash that was found in a handbag and book safe, and 14grams of methylamphetamine hidden in a microwave.

A 34-year-old woman who was home at the time of the search was arrested and charged with supply prohibited drug and two counts of deal with proceeds of crime. She remains before the courts.

Following inquiries, a 36-year-old man was arrested at Maitland Police Station yesterday (Friday 18 June 2021).

He was charged with 80 offences including supply prohibited drug, supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis, possess prohibited drug and deal with property proceeds of crime.

The Newcastle man was refused bail and appeared before Maitland Local Court yesterday, where he was formally refused bail to reappear before the same court on Thursday 24 June 2021.

Anyone with information about the supply of prohibited drugs is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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