Three men have been charged following an investigation into the supply of illicit drugs in the state’s south.
In August 2020, detectives from Lake Illawarra Police District commenced inquiries into the supply of illicit drugs, namely methylamphetamine, in the Lake Illawarra area.
Following extensive inquiries, investigators executed a search warrant at an automotive store on Military Road, Port Kembla, about 7.40pm on Wednesday 30 September 2020.
During a search of the store, officers seized almost half a kilogram of methylamphetamine – which has an estimated potential street value of $80,000 – drug paraphernalia, a firearm and ammunition.
Following further inquiries, about 7.40am yesterday (Wednesday 14 October 2020), a 27-year-old man was arrested during a vehicle stop on Broughton Street, Old Guildford, and taken to Fairfield Police Station.
He was charged with supply prohibited drug – commercial quantity, possess prohibited drug and participate in criminal group. He was refused bail and appeared in Fairfield Local Court yesterday, where he was formally refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court today (Thursday 15 October 2020).
About 8.45am yesterday (Wednesday 14 October 2020), a 39-year-old man was arrested at a home on Shearwater Drive, Berkeley. A third man, aged 27, was arrested at an automotive store in Port Kembla about 8.55am.
Both men were taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station.
The 27-year-old man was charged with take part supply prohibited drug – commercial quantity, participate in criminal group, owner/occupier knowingly allow use as drug premises, possess unauthorised pistol, possess unregistered firearm and possess ammunition without holding licence/permit. He was refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court today.
The 39-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug – commercial quantity, possess prohibited drug and participate in criminal group. He was granted strict conditional bail to appear in Port Kembla Local Court on Wednesday 4 November 2020.
Inquiries are continuing.