20 September 2022

Fifth man charged over alleged cocaine supply

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A police operation has now netted five arrests. Photo: File.

A fifth man has been charged as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged commercial supply of cocaine in the Capital region.

In September last year, Strike Force Sulfur was established by officers from the Monaro Region Enforcement Squad (RES) to investigate drug supply in the Queanbeyan and Canberra areas.

Following investigations, strike force investigators – with assistance from local police attached to Monaro, South Coast and the Hume Police Districts, as well as Southern Region Operations – executed eight search warrants at homes in Queanbeyan, Jerrabomberra and Franklin in the ACT on 13 September 2022.

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They were also assisted by the Dog Unit, Australian Federal Police (AFP) Canine and officers from ACT Policing.

A number of items were seized during the execution of the warrants, including cocaine, steroids, weapons, cash and outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) paraphernalia.

Four men – aged 25, 27, 33 and 37 – were arrested and charged; they remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, a 27-year-old man was arrested at Queanbeyan Police Station at about 11 am on Monday, 19 September 2022.

He was charged with 12 offences:

  • Supply prohibited drug (five counts)
  • Supply prohibited drug – large commercial quantity – serious indictable offence
  • Drive motor vehicle menaces another with intent
  • Stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc. harm (personal)
  • Destroy or damage property
  • Knowingly deal with proceeds of crime – serious indictable offence
  • Knowingly derive material benefit from criminal group, and
  • Knowingly direct activities of criminal group.

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The Jerrabomberra man has appeared in Queanbeyan Local Court and was refused bail to reappear at the same court on Tuesday, 8 November.

Anyone with information in relation to Strike Force Sulfur is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information is treated in strict confidence.

Original Article published by Kim Treasure on Riotact.

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