ELEVEN alleged drug dealers have been arrested in a major police operation in New South Wales.
Police raided 13 properties in the state’s Central West and Lake Illawara region on Thursday morning.
During the raids, officers allegedly seized more than 180kg of cannabis, 548g of crystal meth ‘ice’, 145g of MDMA, more than 83g of cocaine, ecstasy pills, cash and firearms.
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Strike Force Foment was formed to investigate the supply of drugs in the state’s west back in June 2017.
Following investigations, officers stormed six properties at Parkes, Forbes and Bogan Gate around 7am.
Four men were arrested and taken to Parkes Police Station, while a fifth was arrested and taken to Forbes Police Station as police continue with their inquiries.
Evidence and information obtained in the central west raids led police in the Illawarra region to raid seven properties in Primbee, Unanderra, Flinders, Lake Illawarra and Port Kembla around 8.40am.
Six men aged between 23 and 53 were arrested and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station.
Two men, aged 39 and 42, have already been charged and remain before the courts.
Central West Commander Superintendent Chris Taylor praised the work of officers across both districts.
“These arrests are a testament to our priority to target the drug supply chain,” he said.
“We will continue to work closely with other police districts and all regional enforcement squads to dismantle drug operations.”
Lake Illawarra Commander Acting Superintendent Andrew Koutsoufis said the arrests should send a strong message.
“We have seen the devastating impact drugs have had across the state and it has strengthened our resolve in removing this scourge in our communities,” he said.
“To all those who might be involved in the distribution of prohibited drugs, it’s only a matter of time before we catch up with you.”
The investigation continues.
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