Further phases of a one-day high visibility policing operation in north west NSW are expected as police endeavour to stamp out crime within rural communities.
Oxley Police District Commander Acting Superintendent Kylie Endemi said operations such as Wagonwheel were conducted to ensure a high visibility presence in areas such as Werris Creek and Quirindi.
“We don’t apologise for keeping police on back roads throughout rural areas,” Acting Superintendent Endemi said.
“People need to know we will be right there with them, where ever they will be driving throughout north western NSW. It doesn’t matter whether it is a main road or a backroad – we will be there.
“We will continue targeting those feeder roads that lead to our major arterial roads.”
During the one-day blitz on Wednesday (28 August 2019), police attached to Werris Creek, Quirindi and Oxley Traffic and Highway Patrol Command conducted 323 breath tests (Stationary and Mobile) and 22 Random Drug Tests.
Police searched six people, five vehicles, issued 21 traffic infringements, made four bail compliance checks and detected three breach of bail offences.
About 1pm Wednesday (28 August 2019), officers attached to Oxley Police District executed a search warrant at a home on Wallabadah Road at Wallabadah following investigations into the use of prohibited drugs in the area.
Police allegedly located and seized an amount of prohibited drug and equipment often associated with the use of hydroponic systems.
Two men were charged by way of a Field Court Attendance Notice for multiple drug-related offences.
One man, aged 44, was charged with possess prohibited drug (x2), possession of equipment for administering prohibited drug, cultivate prohibited plant, and possess prohibited plant.
A second man, aged 22, was charged with possess prohibited drug and possession of equipment for administering prohibited drug.
They will appear before Quirindi Local Court Wednesday 18 September 2019.