Police charge five after investigations into drug supply and firearms offences – Riverina region

The Murrumbidgee Police District officers have charged three men and two women over alleged drug supply and firearms-related offences in the state’s Riverina.

Investigations began earlier this year following a ram raid at Leeton Soldiers Club on Thursday 28 January 2021. The incident caused an estimated $1 billion damage to the premises.

As part of subsequent inquiries, Strike Force Irribin was established to investigate the alleged supply methylamphetamine in the Leeton and Whitton areas.

Following extensive investigations, Leeton Police and the Proactive Crime Team – with assistance from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad – executed two search warrants at homes in Whitton and Yanco yesterday (Thursday 6 May 2021).

During the searches, police allegedly discovered and seized methylamphetamine, cannabis and prescription medication. The total estimated potential street value of the prohibited drugs is $25,000.

Officers also seized three unregistered firearms and a prohibited pistol, electronic stun devices and sling shots.

During the operation, three men – aged 22, 28 and 37 – and two women – aged 23 and 38 – were arrested.

The 28-year-old Leeton man was charged with 11 counts of supply drug, one count of possess drug and two counts of breach AVO.

The 37-year-old Whitton man was charged with six counts of supply drug, one count each of possess drug, and possess prohibited pistol.

The 22-year-old Yanco man was charged with supply drug, three counts of possess firearm, two counts of possess prohibited weapons, not secure firearms, and ammunition offences.

The 38-year-old Yanco woman was charged with two counts of supply drug, and three counts of possess firearms, not secure firearms, and ammunition offences.

They have been refused bail to appear at Deniliquin Local Court today (Friday 7 May 2021).

The 23-year-old Leeton woman was charged with two counts of supply drug. She has been granted bail to appear at Leeton Local Court on Tuesday 22 June 2021.

Investigations under Strike Force Irribin are ongoing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Keane detectives 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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