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Charges laid after drug supply network dismantled and more than $900,000 cash and property seized - Western and Northern Regions

Friday, 26 March 2021 01:31:38 PM

Two people have been charged after a major drug supply network was dismantled and more than $900,000 cash and property seized between the state’s Central Tablelands and Tweed Shire.

In January 2020, officers from Central West Police District established Strike Force Macvitie to investigate a criminal network involved in the supply of methamphetamine (ice) and heroin between Tweed Heads and Orange.

Strike force investigators will allege the investigation uncovered money-laundering offences to the value of more than $930,000.

Following extensive inquiries, police arrested a 46-year-old man at a home on Paling Street, Orange, about 4.45pm Wednesday (24 March 2021).

He was taken to Orange Police Station.

Subsequently, strike force investigators from Central West Police District and the Tweed/ Byron Police District executed seven search warrants in Orange and Tweed Heads, from 5pm Wednesday (25 March 2021) into the early hours of yesterday morning (Thursday 25 March 2021).

During the searches, police allegedly seized cash and property to the value of more than $17,000.

The man was charged with knowingly deal with proceeds of crime (x3 counts) and hinder police.

The man was formally refused bail at Orange Local Court yesterday (Thursday 25 March 2021), and will reappear before the same court on Monday 17 May 2021.

As part of inquiries, detectives attached to the Mid North Coast Police District arrested a 32-year-old woman during a vehicle stop on the Pacific Highway, Lake Innes about 8.30pm yesterday (Thursday 25 March 2021).

Police will allege $479,800 cash was located and seized following a search of the vehicle.

The woman was taken to Port Macquarie Police Station and charged with knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

She was granted conditional bail to appear before Port Macquarie Local Court on Wednesday 21 April 2021.