Police charge four over drug supply by Strike Force Ginga – Monaro

Four men have been charged as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged commercial supply of cocaine and methamphetamine in the state’s Monaro region.

In June this year, Strike Force Ginga was established by officers from the Monaro Region Enforcement Squad (RES) to investigate drug supply in Queanbeyan and Jerrabomberra.

As part of ongoing inquiries, investigators – with assistance from local police, Tactical Operations Unit (TOU), Tactical Operations Regional Support (TORS) and other specialist units including the Region Enforcement Squad (RES) and Dog Unit – commenced a police operation across southern NSW from 2pm yesterday (Wednesday 30 November 2022).

Three men – aged 33, 34, and 39 – were arrested in Queanbeyan and Jerrabomberra, and taken to Queanbeyan Police Station.

A 39-year-old man has since been charged with seven counts of supply prohibited drug import marketable quantity of border-controlled drug – serious indictable offence, supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis, owner/occupier knowingly allow use as drug premises, possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit, and, knowingly deal with proceeds of crime – serious indictable offence.

A 33-year-old man has since been charged with 13 counts of supply prohibited drug, three counts of supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis, possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit, and deal with property proceeds of crime.

Both men were refused bail to appear in Queanbeyan Local Court today (Thursday 1 December 2022).

A 34-year-old man has been charged with one count of supply prohibited drug and issued a Court Attendance Notice (CAN) to appear before Queanbeyan Local Court on Monday 23 January 2023.

A 33-year-old man attended Queanbeyan Police Station yesterday evening and has since been issued with a Court Attendance Notice (CAN) for one count of supply prohibited drug. He’s due to appear in Queanbeyan Local Court on Monday 16 January 2023.

Southern Region Operations Manager, Detective Superintendent Tim Beattie, said police will not tolerate those who exploit community safety through the supply or manufacture of prohibited drugs.

“Unfortunately, regional areas across NSW continue to feel the devastating impact of prohibited drugs on their communities,” Detective Superintendent Beattie said.

“There seems to be a perception among some that if you’re outside of Sydney, you can do as you please without the scrutiny of law enforcement.

“This operation has sent a firm message to those people who attempt to profit from the misery of others: we’re watching you, and you’ll be held accountable,” Detective Superintendent Beattie said.

Investigations under Strike Force Ginga continue.

Anyone with information that could assist Strike Force Ginga 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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