Fourth person arrested under Strike Force Buckinbah at Lightning Ridge

A fourth person has been charged as part of investigations into the alleged supply of prohibited drugs in the state’s North West.

In June 2020, detectives attached to Central North Police District established Strike Force Buckinbah to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs in the Lightning Ridge area.

About 8am on Friday 11 September 2020, strike force officers, assisted by the Central North Police District Proactive Crime Team, Oxley Region Enforcement Squad and the Dog Unit executed search warrants at a business and two homes in Lightning Ridge.

During the searches, officers allegedly located and seized more than $17,000 cash, methylamphetamine, MDMA, cocaine, cannabis, electronics, a jet ski, a quad bike, two dirt bikes and three cars at a home.

Two men – aged 30 and 21 and a 29-year-old woman remain before the courts.

Following further investigations, a 44-year-old man was arrested after a vehicle stop on Three Mile Road, Lightning Ridge after returning a positive result for a random drug test.

The man was taken to Lightning Ridge Police Station for subsequent testing which will be sent for forensic analysis.

He was charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal activity and supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis.

The man was refused bail to appear at Walgett Local Court today (Wednesday 16 September 2020).

Inquiries under Strike Force Buckinbah continue.

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