Two charged after allegedly supplying ‘ice’ at a barber shop in Kotara


Two men have been charged over the alleged supply of prohibited drugs in Newcastle.

In January, officers attached to the Hunter Region Enforcement Squad commenced Strike Force Wrack to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs – mainly methylamphetamine – from a barber shop in Kotara.

Following extensive inquiries, police attended a store in Kotara at about 4.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 17 March), and arrested a 38-year-old man.

A crime scene was established and officers located $5,000 cash within a drawer inside the store.

Police also stopped a 51-year-old man nearby where he was searched and officers allegedly located methylamphetamine.

They also executed a search warrant at a unit on Newcastle Beach where police located and seized methylamphetamine.

Both men were taken to Newcastle Police Station, where the younger man was charged with supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis and supply commercial quantity prohibited drug and deal with the proceeds of crime.

The older man was charged with supply indictable quantity and supply commercial quantity prohibited drug.

They were both refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Thursday 18 March).

As inquiries continue, police executed another search warrant at a Blue Haven property today, where officers seized cannabis, steroids and cash.

Investigations under Strike Force Wrack are ongoing.

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