Public aid police in war on ice
Tuesday, 6th January, 2015
By By Andrew Robertson
Police have credited a greater public awareness and willingness to share information about drug users and suppliers for their making inroads into the ice fight.
The comments came as a woman appeared in court yesterday charged with drug and firearm offences following a months’ long operation mainly targeting the supply of methylamphetamine.
Thirty-one-year-old Alina Marie Henderson was arrested at a house in McGowan Street about 5.30pm on Sunday.
During a search of the house police allegedly found an unregistered and illegal pump action rifle which will undergo forensic examination.
The woman was charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, supplying an unregistered firearm, possessing an unauthorised firearm, supplying a prohibited drug, and dealing with property suspected to be proceeds of crime.
She was refused bail and yesterday appeared at the Wentworth Local Court via video link, where she was remanded in custody to reappear on February 17.
Barrier LAC crime manager Mick Stoltenberg said yesterday the woman’s arrest was part of Strike Force Nublu established in November last year.
“She’s been identified during this operation,” Detective Inspector Stoltenberg said.
He said investigations were continuing and did not rule out further arrests in the near future.
Det Inspt Stoltenberg said the fight against illicit drugs was an ongoing battle for police.
But he believes the supply of ice in Broken Hill has been disrupted and was largely due to greater assistance from the public.
“I’d like to think we are definitely making inroads into it,” he said.
“The community are now far more aware of risks and social issues that come with illegal drug use.
“It’s crucial that we continue to work together sharing information about people using and supplying any sort of illicit drugs so they can be dealt with appropriately.”
Police said any member of the public with information can provide it anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
They reminded people not to report crimes via the police Facebook or Twitter pages.