Further charges laid under Strike Force Belvidere – Southern NSW

A man and woman are the latest to be charged as investigations continue into a drug supply investigation in southern NSW.

In July 2020, Strike Force Belvidere was established by the Southern RES to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs in the Riverina region. Following inquiries, the investigation extended to criminal networks operating out of Narrandera, Albury, Broken Hill and Sydney.

Earlier this week two men and two women were charged in Narrandera and Wagga Wagga. They remain before the courts.

As part of investigations, a search warrant was executed at a home in Ashmont on Wednesday 30 December 2020, where investigators seized drugs, prescription medication, an electronic stun device and knuckle dusters.

Following inquiries, a 40-year-old woman was arrested at Wagga Wagga Police Station about 4pm yesterday (Wednesday 13 January 2021).

She was charged with four counts of supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug, possess prescribed restricted substance, two counts of possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit, deal with property proceeds of crime, and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity.

It’s alleged the woman supplied methylamphetamine on multiple occasions in December 2020.

The woman was refused bail to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court today (Thursday 14 January 2021).

As part of further investigations, a search warrant was executed at a home in Tatton on Tuesday 12 January 2020, where firearm parts and cannabis were seized. These items will undergo forensic examinations.

Following inquiries, a 37-year-old man was arrested at Wagga Wagga Police Station about 2.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 13 January 2021).

He was taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station and charged with intentionally import prohibited tier 2 goods and cultivate prohibited plant.

Police will allege in court the man was importing firearm parts from Hong Kong to an address in Tatton, Wagga Wagga.

He was granted conditional bail to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court on Wednesday 17 March 2021.

Since July 2020, Strike Force Belvidere investigators have charged 15 people with a range of offences including drug supply, drug importation and attempted murder. All 15 remain before the courts.

Investigations are continuing and further arrests are expected to be made.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Belvidere investigators 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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