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Monday, 5th August, 2013

Officers leave the Chapple Street house where methamphetamine with a street value of $30,000 was seized and (inset) police carry out drug-related material. Officers leave the Chapple Street house where methamphetamine with a street value of $30,000 was seized and (inset) police carry out drug-related material.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Broken Hill police have seized up to $30,000 worth of the highly addictive drug methamphetamine in a raid on a house last week.

Police pulled off one of the largest drug hauls in recent times on Thursday when two properties were searched with the assistance of the dog squad and the State Protection Group.

One hundred and twenty five grams of methamphetamine - commonly known as ice or crystal meth - along with cash and drug-related paraphernalia were found when officers raided the Chapple Street home of a 37-year-old man.

The man was charged with supplying and possessing a prohibited drug and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

“It’s a fairly good haul,” Sergeant Dave Gallagher told the BDT yesterday.

“It’s fantastic to have that amount of methamphetamine off the street.

“I’d prefer to have it in the police’s hands secure rather than in the community.”

Sgt Gallagher said the drug will be tested. Once the results are through police will know how pure the drug is and how many street deals could be made after it was “cut”.

The man will appear in the Broken Hill Local Court next month.

Australia has the highest rates of illicit methamphetamine among English-speaking countries.

Almost 2.5 per cent of Australians over 14 years have used crystal meth in the past year, a rate that is up to five times higher than that of the US and Canada.

Dr Steve Flecknoe-Brown said the drug was highly addictive and once the high stops, users suffer a low.

“It is addictive but the regular user gets to a point where they can’t live without it,” Dr Flecknoe-Brown said.

Dealers were also not obliged to sell a “pure” product and there was a risk of the drug being laced, he said.

“Anything that raises your heart rate and blood pressure like amphetamines may expose you to long term heart disease risk.”

A search of another property in McGowen Street found a small amount of cannabis and drug-related paraphernalia.

The major finds occurred just days before a weekend operation targeting drugs, with sniffer dogs inspecting patrons at licensed venues.

Two men were found to be possessing drugs after being sniffed out by the german shepherd and black labrador.

Another 37-year-old was charged with possessing a prohibited drug and breach of bail while a 47-year-old was given a caution notice for possessing cannabis at two venues.

“These dogs are very, very successful and are very good at what they do,” Sgt Gallagher said.

“Even if you were around the drug they will be able to detect them on you.”

Police yesterday said methamphetamine usually sells for between $50-$100 per gram in Broken Hill.

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