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‘Ice’ trade has cops worried; Seven ‘dealers’ rounded up in a month

Tuesday, 3rd February, 2015

‘Ice’ can be heated up in a spoon and injected, or smoked in a pipe. Either way, it will send the user mad. ‘Ice’ can be heated up in a spoon and injected, or smoked in a pipe. Either way, it will send the user mad.

By Erica Visser

Police are increasingly alarmed by the number of people who are allegedly involved in local drug rings, as a crackdown on the supply of methylamphetamine continues.

Eight “persons of interest” have been arrested in relation to drugs, guns and criminal activity since a special strike force, coined Nublu, was established in November.

The latest was a 34-year-old Victorian man who at the weekend was charged with 10 alleged offences after highway patrol police stopped his car while driving in Broken Hill on Saturday night.

The man’s car was searched by detectives who allegedly located and seized cash, methamphetamine and a mobile phone.

A subsequent search of premises in Tramway Place took place and officers found and seized a ledger, methamphetamine and GHB.

The man was charged with 10 offences, including three counts of possess drug, four counts of supply prohibited drug, supply firearm, participate in criminal group and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

Barrier LAC crime manager Mick Stoltenberg said there were still a number of people being investigated in relation to drug use, with methamphetamine a particular focus.

“There’s an alarming amount of people allegedly involved in use and supply,” DI Stoltenberg said.

“We’ve made it quite clear to the community that we take crimes of this nature and the alleged suspicions surrounding those very seriously.”

DI Stoltenberg said he believed many drug dealers were based out of town.

“But I’m not going to be ignorant enough to discount that there are likely some drug suppliers locally.”

He said that the arrest of eight people by the strike force, most of them in the past month, was a “fantastic result”.

DI Stoltenberg urged anyone with information about drug-related incidents to call the police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

FACTBOX
January 4 - A 41-year-old man is charged with two counts of supplying a prohibited drug after police found what was believed to be methamphetamine (0.5 grams) and ecstasy. Officers noticed the man acting suspiciously and followed him into Bagot Street at 1.30am.
January 6 - A 31-year-old woman appears in court after she was arrested at a McGowen Street house where police allegedly found an illegal pump action rifle. She was charged with drug and firearm offences. 
January 7 - Police seize replica handgun and drugs from a house in Williams Street. Police also alleged cannabis was found in a possession of a 35-year-old man at the location. A 38-year-old local woman was arrested and charged with two counts of drug possession and one count of possession of equipment for administering a prohibited drug. 
January 8 - Police arrest 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.
January 14 -  A 39-year-old man is charged in Wilcannia over alleged firearm and criminal gang activity.
January 30 - A 24-year-old woman was in possession of prohibited drugs and drug paraphernalia when she was arrested at a home in Broken Hill. She was charged with a range of offences including neglect of a child in her care and contributing to criminal activity. 
January 31 - A man has been charged with 10 alleged drug, firearm and criminal group offences after being stopped while driving in Broken Hill.

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