Strike Force Kaneruka will target the entire Deniliquin Local Area Command after they arrested several people last week in relation to drug supply.By Zoe McMaugh
Deniliquin Police Crime Manager Detective Inspector Darren Cloake confirmed yesterday that he expects ‘‘40 or 50’’ arrests as part of Strike Force Kaneruka.
He said the expected arrests had all been investigated as part of the six-month Strike Force operation.
Strike Force Kaneruka was established in April this year to investigate the supply of the drug known as ‘ice’ in the local area, Det Insp Cloake explained.
He said future arrests in relation to the police operation would mostly involve allegations of people being ‘‘knowingly involved in the supply of drugs’’.
He said police were sending a clear message that illicit drugs, especially the supply of drugs, would not be tolerated in Deniliquin and district.
Det Insp Cloake quashed speculation there were search warrants issued and arrests made on Friday in Deniliquin, but did confirm there had been three ‘‘preliminary arrests’’ in the Tocumwal area a week earlier as part of Strike Force Kaneruka.
He also said future arrests would not be confined to Deniliquin, saying Strike Force Kaneruka spans the entire Deniliquin Local Area Command and is the start of a wider anti-drugs campaign for all regional communities.
‘‘My personal view is that we needed to take a hard line (on drugs).
‘‘This operation should be used as a catalyst — let’s do something about the problem.
‘‘It should be used as a stepping stone for greater community education and prevention programs.
‘‘This operation indicates there is a serious drug problem, and we wanted to acknowledge that. Police acted on the information at hand.’’
Police from Deniliquin, Griffith and Albury Local Area Commands have been involved in the operation.
■ Police urge anyone with information about drug supply to call Crime Stoppers on 1800
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