Nine men are in custody as a result of a six-month operation on the supply of illicit drugs in the Deniliquin area.By Zoe McMaugh
A six-month operation on the supply of illicit drugs in the Deniliquin area has culminated in the arrest of 11 people on Wednesday.
Police executed 10 search warrants in Deniliquin, where they allegedly seized a large quantity of drugs, cash, and a number of firearms.
Police arrested ten men, aged between 22 and 56, and one woman as part of Strike Force Kaneruka.
Nine of the men were refused bail and conveyed by Corrective Services officers to Albury where they appeared in Albury Local Court yesterday.
Deniliquin Police Commander Superintendent Craig Jackson confirmed all were refused bail in Albury.
Supt Jackson said the nine in custody would appear in court again, this time in Deniliquin, on Monday.
Police expect more arrests as the investigation continues.
Supt Jackson said Strike Force Kaneruka was ‘‘the largest operation of its type undertaken in the command’’.
The operation targeted the alleged supply of prohibited drugs, including methyl-amphetamine, and the drugs known as ‘ice’ and ‘ecstasy’ in Deniliquin.
‘‘The distribution of prohibited drugs can have devastating effects on individuals, families and communities.
‘‘Particularly the type of drugs police will allege were distributed, namely methylamphetamine and its highly addictive derivative ice and ecstasy.
‘‘There appears to be a sub-culture where the use of these drugs is accepted.
‘‘Hopefully this will see a cultural change in the community and encourage local residents to speak up when it comes to the issue of drug supply.’’
The two-day operation started Wednesday and included police from Deniliquin, Griffith and Albury Local Area Commands.
According to police, those still in custody were charged with a range of alleged offences, including:
Also seized were a number of vehicles allegedly used in connection with drug distribution.
Police will apply to have the vehicles forfeited to the Crown under confiscation of proceeds of crime legislation.
● Police are urging anyone with information about drug supply to call Crime Stoppers on 1800
Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Crimes should not be reported via police Facebook or Twitter pages.
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