Police lay charges after drug investigation – South Coast

Detectives from South Coast Police District have charged two men following a six-month investigation into an alleged large-scale drug supply operation on the South Coast.

Strike Force Carex was established in December 2018 to investigate a suspected organised methylamphetamine (‘Ice’) syndicate operating in Nowra, Moruya and surrounding areas.

About 10.30am yesterday (Tuesday 25 June 2019), investigators, with the assistance of officers from Raptor South, executed three search warrants at premises in Nowra and one in Moruya.

Officers located and seized several items including 9 grams of methylamphetamine (‘Ice’), a Holden Commodore suspected to be the proceeds of crime, several mobile phones, a stolen KTM motorcycle, a replica toy pistol, drug paraphernalia and other items including credit cards, gift cards and Ipads suspected of being stolen.

All items were secured for forensic analysis.

A 43-year old man was arrested at a home in Nowra and a 56-year-old man arrested at a home in Moruya.

The 43-year-old man was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with four counts of supply prohibited drug, two counts of supply prohibited drug ongoing basis and two counts of possess prohibited drug.

He was refused bail to appear before Nowra Local Court today (Wednesday 26 June 2019).

The 56-year-old man was taken to Moruya Police Station and charged with three counts of supply prohibited drug.

He was granted conditional bail to appear before Moruya Local Court on Friday 9 August 2019.

Investigations by Strike Force Carex are continuing and further arrests are expected.

South Coast Police District Commander, Superintendent Stephen Hegarty said yesterday’s arrests are a culmination of a lengthy investigation by dedicated regional Detectives.

“Investigators from Nowra, Lake Illawarra and Wollongong have been involved in numerous inquiries with the objective of shutting down a significant drug supply operation on the south coast.”

“My officers have succeeded in disrupting the supply of a large quantity of illicit drugs.”

“I urge anyone with information about the manufacture or supply of illegal drugs to contact police immediately. Callers should contact their local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Supt Hegarty said.

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