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Two men arrested following ‘Ice’ raids in Moruya and Nowra

Ian Campbell 26 June 2019
Investigations by Strike Force Carex are continuing and further arrests are expected. Photo: NSW Police.

Investigations by Strike Force Carex are continuing and further arrests are expected. Photo: NSW Police.

A six-month police investigation into an alleged large-scale drug supply operation on the South Coast has resulted in two men being arrested following raids yesterday at Moruya and Nowra.

Strike Force Carex was established in December 2018 to investigate a suspected organised methylamphetamine (Ice) syndicate operating in the Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla.

At about 10.30am yesterday (June 25), detectives from South Coast Police District, with the assistance of officers from Raptor South, executed three search warrants at premises in Nowra and one in Moruya.

South Coast Police District Commander, Superintendent Stephen Hegarty says over 300 grams of ‘Ice’ was seized worth over $100,000, along with a Holden Commodore suspected to be the proceeds of crime, several mobile phones, a stolen KTM motorcycle, a replica toy pistol, drug paraphernalia and other items including credit cards, gift cards and Ipads suspected of being stolen.

All items are undergoing forensic analysis.

A 43-year old man was arrested at a home in Nowra and a 56-year-old man arrested at a home in Moruya.

The 43-year was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with four counts of supply prohibited drug, two counts of supply prohibited drug ongoing basis and two counts of possessing prohibited drug. He was refused bail to appear before Nowra Local Court today (June 26).

The 56-year-old was taken to Moruya Police Station and charged with three counts of supply prohibited drug.
He was granted conditional bail to appear before Moruya Local Court on Friday, August 9.

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

A 43-year old man was arrested at a home in Nowra and a 56-year-old man arrested at a home in Moruya. Photo: NSW Police.

A 43-year old man was arrested at a home in Nowra and a 56-year-old man arrested at a home in Moruya. Photo: NSW Police.

South Coast Police District Commander, Superintendent Stephen Hegarty says yesterday’s arrests are the culmination of a lengthy investigation by dedicated regional detectives.

“Investigators from Nowra, Lake Illawarra and Wollongong have been involved in numerous inquiries with the objective of shutting down a significant drug supply operation on the south coast,” he says.

“My officers have succeeded in disrupting the supply of a large quantity of illicit drugs.

“I urge anyone with information about the manufacture or supply of illegal drugs to contact police immediately. Callers should contact their local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Supt Hegarty says.

Charges laid following South Coast drug investigation

Detectives from South Coast Police District have charged two men following a six-month investigation into an alleged large-scale drug supply operation on the South Coast. Strike Force CAREX was established in December 2018 to investigate a suspected organised methylamphetamine (‘Ice’) syndicate operating in Nowra, Moruya and surrounding areas. About 10.30am yesterday (Tuesday 25 June 2019), investigators, with the assistance of officers from Raptor South, executed three search warrants at premises in Nowra and one in Moruya.Officers located and seized several items including 9 grams of methylamphetamine (‘Ice’), a Holden Commodore suspected to be the proceeds of crime, several mobile phones, a stolen KTM motorcycle, a replica toy pistol, drug paraphernalia and other items including credit cards, gift cards and Ipads suspected of being stolen.All items were secured for forensic analysis. A 43-year old man was arrested at a home in Nowra and a 56-year-old man arrested at a home in Moruya.The 43-year-old man was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with four counts of supply prohibited drug, two counts of supply prohibited drug ongoing basis and two counts of possess prohibited drug.He was refused bail to appear before Nowra Local Court today (Wednesday 26 June 2019).The 56-year-old man was taken to Moruya Police Station and charged with three counts of supply prohibited drug.He was granted conditional bail to appear before Moruya Local Court on Friday 9 August 2019. Investigations by Strike Force Carex are continuing and further arrests are expected.South Coast Police District Commander, Superintendent Stephen Hegarty said yesterday’s arrests are a culmination of a lengthy investigation by dedicated regional Detectives. “Investigators from Nowra, Lake Illawarra and Wollongong have been involved in numerous inquiries with the objective of shutting down a significant drug supply operation on the south coast.” “My officers have succeeded in disrupting the supply of a large quantity of illicit drugs.” “I urge anyone with information about the manufacture or supply of illegal drugs to contact police immediately. Callers should contact their local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Supt Hegarty said.

Posted by NSW Police Force on Tuesday, 25 June 2019

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