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Thursday, January 21, 2021

GALLERY: Police smash drug network at Lake Macquarie

Hunter police have dismantled an alleged drug supply network operating in Lake Macquarie.

In May 2020, detectives from Lake Macquarie Police District established Strike Force Loxton to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs, mainly methylamphetamine, in Morisset and other areas on the western side of Lake Macquarie.

So far during the investigation, 11 people have been charged with various drug and firearm offences and remain before the courts.

Following further extensive inquiries, about 8am on Tuesday 15 December, strike force detectives – with the assistance of Northern Region Operational Support Group and Strike Force Raptor North – executed five search and two firearm prohibition order warrants in Morisset, Wyee, Kingfisher Shores and Dora Creek.

During the warrants, police seized methylamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis, about $100,000 cash, replica firearms and knives.

A 39-year-old Dora Creek man was arrested at a commercial premises in Dora Creek.

He was taken to Toronto Police Station and charged with supply prohibited drug on an ongoing basis, deal with the proceeds of crime, and possess prohibited weapon.

As well, he was refused bail to appear at Toronto Local Court on Wednesday 16 December.

A 36-year-old man was arrested at a Kingfisher Shores property.

He was also taken to Toronto Police Station and charged with supply and possess prohibited drug and possess restricted substance.

A 39-year-old woman was arrested at a Wyee property.

She was taken to Toronto Police Station, too, and charged with supply and possess prohibited drug and possess prohibited weapon.

A 48-year-old man was also arrested at a Wyee property.

He was taken to Toronto Police Station and charged with possess prohibited weapon and breach weapons prohibition order.

All three were granted conditional bail to appear at Toronto Local Court on Tuesday 19 January 2021.

Investigations are ongoing.