Police lay charges after operation targeting drug supply – Coffs/Clarence Police District

Four people have been charged during a police operation targeting illicit drug supply on the state’s North Coast.

In November 2020, detectives attached to Coffs/Clarence Police District established Strike Force Goodparla to investigate the distribution of illicit drugs including methylamphetamine and cocaine in the region.

During the course of the investigation, police have seized cocaine and methylamphetamine, with an estimated potential street value of nearly $400,000.

Following inquiries, strike force detectives, assisted by officers from State Crime Command’s the Raptor Squad, executed seven search warrants and conducted two Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) within the Coffs Harbour area from 6am today (Wednesday 23 June 2021).

During the searches, police seized three cars, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, jet ski, two trail bikes, jewellery, cannabis, prohibited weapons, mobile phones, and other items relevant to the investigation.

Four people, including three men – 29, 41 and 53 – and a 46-year-old woman were arrested during the operation and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station.

The 29-year-old man, who is a member of the Lone Wolf Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) Coffs Harbour Chapter, was charged with supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity).

The 53-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity).

Both were refused bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court tomorrow (Thursday 24 June 2021).

The 41-year-old man was charged with four counts of supply prohibited drug (between indictable and commercial quantity), two counts of supply prohibited drug (between small and indictable quantity), and supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis.

The 46-year-old woman was charged with supply prohibited drug (between indictable and commercial quantity).

The man and woman were granted conditional bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday 12 July 2021.

Investigations under Strike Force Goodparla are continuing with more arrests expected.

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