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Police crack network

Saturday, 10th January, 2015

By Andrew Robertson

Police say they have “ripped apart” a local criminal group that was allegedly supplying amphetamines and illegal firearms.

Detectives on Thursday arrested two more people as part of Strike Force Nublu which was recently formed to target the supply of amphetamines in the city.

The arrests follow the arrest on Sunday of a 31-year-old woman at a house in McGowen Street, where police allegedly found an illegal pump action rifle.

She was charged with drug and firearm offences and refused bail.

Police swooped again on Thursday, this time arresting a 26-year-old man at a house in Ryan Street and 56-year-old man at a Jamieson Street property.

Both men were charged with supplying a prohibited drug and an unregistered firearm, and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.

The pair, who appeared at a bail hearing yesterday, was also charged with participating in a criminal group contributing to a criminal act.

Barrier LAC Commander Murray Reynolds said yesterday police will allege the two men and woman were part of a group that was supplying drugs and illegal firearms to locals.

“These people are locals and were supplying drugs locally but their network extended beyond Broken Hill,” he said.

“But these arrests have had a significant impact on this criminal group. It has been ripped apart.”

Cecil Bede Kennedy, 56, and 26-year-old Adam Geoffrey Barrett appeared at the Wentworth Local Court yesterday via video link where they were refused bail.

They will appear in the Local Court on February 17. 

The arrests come amid growing concern across the country at the use of methylamphetamine, or ice, and its harmful effects on people and the wider community.

But Supt Reynolds said the supply of illegal firearms to people was also disturbing.  

“If they were going to be used for anything else people would attempt to gain them legally,” he said.

“It would be reasonable to draw the conclusion that they want them for badness.

“Generally the people that are supplying these firearms on the black market come into possession of those firearms illegally.”

Supt Reynolds said police had a message for anyone thinking of getting involved in the supply of illicit drugs or illegal firearms.

“We will continue to target people that want to sell prohibited drugs are sell firearms and if you want to be involved in that business you can expect a knock on the door from us.”

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