Braidwood ‘Ice’ arrests follow police raids at Moruya and Nowra

Ian Campbell28 June 2019
File photo: Monaro Police District Facebook.

File photo: Monaro Police District Facebook.

Further arrests and charges have been laid following a six-month investigation into large-scale drug supply taking in the Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven and Southern Tablelands.

Strike Force Carex was established in December 2018 to investigate a suspected organised methylamphetamine (Ice) syndicate operating in Nowra, Moruya and surrounding areas.

About 1 pm yesterday (June 27), investigators from the Region Enforcement Squad intercepted a vehicle travelling through Bungendore and seized 34 grams of methylamphetamine, five MDMA tablets, 28 grams of cannabis and cash.

Police allege the occupants of the vehicle, a 35-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were intending to supply the prohibited drugs.

The pair were arrested and taken to Goulburn Police Station.

Bungendore Arrests

A man and woman have been charged for their involvement in the death of a 56-year-old man in Bungendore.On Saturday 23 February 2019, NSW Ambulance paramedics attended a residential address at Bungendore, where they treated an unconscious man who was purported to have taken a fall. The 56-year-old man was taken to Canberra Hospital and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. The deceased received a catastrophic brain injury from the fall and died in hospital two days later.Inquiries into the death of the man were originally conducted by officers from ACT Policing before being transferred to the NSW Police Force and Coroner. A post mortem examination revealed the deceased had suffered significant impact injuries to his head. Strike Force Kokal, led by officers from Monaro Police District, was established to investigate the circumstances of the man’s death.Police attended a residential address in Bungendore on Thursday 27 June 2019 and arrested a 21-year-old male and a 48-year-old female.Police will allege an altercation took place between the deceased and the 21-year-old man on Saturday 23 February 2019. Police will allege the 21-year-old man assaulted the 56-year-old man, which resulted in the deceased falling backwards and hitting his head. Police will also allege the 48-year-old woman, also known to the man, was aware of the involvement of the 21-year-old man and has been complicit in providing authorities with incorrect information.The 21-year-old man was charged with manslaughter. The 48-year-old female was charged with accessory after the fact of manslaughter. Both appeared at the Queanbeyan Local Court on 27 June 2019 and have been bailed refused to appear next on 3 September 2019

Posted by Monaro Police District on Thursday, 27 June 2019

Following further inquiries, strike force investigators, with the assistance of officers from Monaro Police District, executed a search warrant at a home at Braidwood, about 5 pm.

Officers seized several items believed to be either stolen or the proceeds of crime, including power tools, vehicle rims, golf clubs and electronic devices.

The 35-year-old Braidwood man was charged with 16 offences including supply prohibited drug (ongoing basis), possess prohibited drug, supply prohibited drug (commercial quantity), deal in the proceeds of crime, breach of bail, and traffic offences.

The 30-year-old Braidwood woman was charged with seven offences including possess prohibited drug, supply prohibited drug and deal in the proceeds of crime.

Both were refused bail to appear before Goulburn Local Court today (June 28).

Yesterday’s arrests follow the arrest and charge of two men following search warrants at Nowra and Moruya on Tuesday (June 25). They remain before the courts.

Investigations under Strike Force Carex are continuing and further arrests are expected.

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