Four charged during Strike Force Bellereeve at Lightning Ridge

Two men and two women have been charged with drug-related offences as police investigate ongoing drug supply in the state’s north-west.

Strike Force Bellereeve was established by officers from Central North Police District in response to the ongoing drug supply at Lightning Ridge.

Yesterday (Thursday 31 October 2019), police attached to the strike force executed five search warrants at locations within the town.

During the search warrants, officers seized ammunition, cannabis plants, cannabis leaf, mobile phones, and methylamphetamine.

Two women, aged 35 and 48, and two men, aged 39 and 59, were issued court attendance notices for the offences of possess prohibited drug, cultivate prohibited plant and possession of ammunition without a licence.

Central North Police District Commander, Superintendent Andrew Hurst, said investigations under Strike Force Bellereeve continue.

“The execution of these search warrants is the result of a covert investigation into drug supply within the Lightning Ridge community,” he said.

“We appeal to every community in the Central North Police District; don’t tolerate people supplying drugs in your town – take action and report your concerns to police or Crime Stoppers.”

Anyone with information about drug supply within the Central North Police District is urged to contact your local police station, Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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