Three men have been charged with drug supply offences as part of an ongoing investigation into criminal activity on the Mid North Coast, NSW Police say.
Detectives from the Mid North Coast Local Area Command established Strike Force Wokari, which was assisted by Strike Force Raptor and the Police Dog Unit, to investigate the manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs and a number of organised criminal associates across NSW and interstate.
Police will allege their inquiries revealed a significant drug supply network, which included a number of organised criminal groups planning large-scale importations of border-controlled drugs.
On Wednesday 1 November 2017, strike force investigators arrested three men – aged 34, 41 and 45 – who were charged with a variety of offences.
Shortly after the arrests, strike force detectives executed four search warrants at Bonny Hills, Wauchope, and Port Macquarie.
Police will allege, they located and seized 1kg of methylamphetamine, a .22 machine pistol, a sawn off shot gun, and a sum of cash, along with other exhibits.
The 34-year-old-man was charged with 13 offences including three counts of deal with property proceeds of crime, pervert the course of justice, supply prohibited drug greater than an indictable quantity, three counts of supply prohibited drug large commercial quantity, affray, possess shortened firearm, possess unregistered firearm, not keep firearm safe, and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity.
The 41-year-old man was charged with deal with proceeds of crime, possess prohibited drug, pervert the course of justice, and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity.
The 45-year-old man was charged with affray, deal with property proceeds of crime, participate in criminal group contribute criminal activity, supply prohibited drug greater indictable quantity, possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit, and carry, use or possess explosive, flare or firework.
All men were refused bail to appear at Port Macquarie Local Court today (Thursday 2 November, 2017).
Investigations are continuing and further arrests are expected.