Police charge woman over drug offences uncovered during murder investigation

A woman will appear in court today charged with drug offences, which were identified during the course of an investigation into the alleged murder of a man in the Illawarra last year.

Police and emergency services were called to Carr Parade, Unanderra, about 2.15am on Wednesday 14 February 2018, following reports of a drive-by shooting.

On arrival, officers from Lake Illawarra Police District found a man suffering a gunshot wound and conducted CPR until NSW Ambulance paramedics arrived; however, the man died at the scene.

The man was formally identified as 33-year-old local, Nathan Costello.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad and Lake Illawarra Police District established Strike Force Gangele to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

A 33-year-old man has previously been charged over the alleged murder and remains before the courts.

Their inquiries also uncovered links to an alleged drug supply syndicate operating in the Lake Illawarra area.

As part of those inquiries, four people have been charged and remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, strike force detectives arrested a 23-year-old woman at a home on Coolabah Road, Dapto, about 12pm yesterday (Wednesday 13 November 2019).

She was taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station and charged with supply prohibited drug on an ongoing basis, participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, and commercial drug supply.

Police will allege in court that the woman was involved in the supply of more than 300g of methylamphetamine between April 2018 and February 2019.

The Dapto woman was refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court today (Thursday 14 November 2019).

Investigations are continuing.

Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Gangele detectives to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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