High-visibility policing operation targets St George area

Police from St George Police Area Command have again conducted a saturation-style police operation over the weekend.

Operation Mammoth, a high-visibility policing strategy, was established to prevent and disrupt crime across St George, Hurstville, Rockdale and surrounding suburbs.

The operation, which ran between 3pm on Friday (2 August 2019) and 1.30am on Saturday (3 August 2019), involved more than 50 general duties officers from St George Police Area Command, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Police Transport Command, Youth and Crime Prevention Command, the Mounted Unit and Dog Unit.

During the operation, a 39-year-old man was charged with four counts of supply prohibited drug after allegedly being located with methylamphetamine (ice), cannabis, and GHB in Kingsgrove. He was also charged with possession of equipment for administering prohibited drugs and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

The Marayong man was refused bail and is next due to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Monday 12 August 2019.

A 14-year-old boy from Connells Point was arrested at a shopping centre at Hurstville for steal from retail store and possessing a knife. He will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.

In addition to this, officers searched 52 people during the operation, resulting in 10 drug detections and two knives seized. Ten vehicles were searched, 22 move-on directions were issued, 48 business inspections were conducted, 18 bail compliance checks were conducted, 348 random breath tests were conducted, and 33 traffic infringements were issued.

St George Police Area Command’s Detective Chief Inspector Craig James said further proactive operations of this nature should be expected.

“This is the second time we have conducted Operation Mammoth to be highly visible in the community as part of continued efforts to stamp out anti-social behaviour,” Det Ch Insp James said.

“A lot of time and effort goes into planning and executing these types of operations. They are not simple, but they are effective.

“We want to reassure the community that their safety is our priority, which is evident in the deployment of specialist officers, such as the mounted and dog units, and I hope it conveys the message that criminal behaviour will not be tolerated.”

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