The South West’s alleged ‘Largest” ice traffickers and suppliers met the heavy arm of the law this morning as more than a dozen Police storm raided homes in the St George Township and nearby.
The Drug-ice, cannabis and property suspected of being the proceeds of crime including motor vehicles and electronic equipment have been seized in the raids.
In a well-executed intervention, Police gathered before dawn and swooped into town from the north and systemically maneuvered through the town to target properties that detectives believed were being used to run large-scale ice rings.
The raids centered on St George and follow more than 18 months of investigation into what Police describe as a “complex web” of drug suppliers.
Detective Inspector Paul Hart says Police charged seven offenders with trafficking a dangerous drug and laid more than 120 supplying a dangerous drug charges.
“We would say that the drug situation that’s been uncovered in St George is no different to any other situation in any other remote or rural community in the southwest. The difference has been that the people of St George have shown that they won’t tolerate this kind of activity in their town.”
One man attacked Police at a home in Ann St and had to be subdued with capsicum spray, others in the household berated police while at another home Police lead children in pajamas and other dressing for school were into a front yard at one address as neighbor came forward to assist only to have her home also searched.
Deputy Mayor Fiona Gaske has congratulated the Police and says all sectors of the community had rallied together to fight back against escalating ice use in the town.
“We‘ll have a clean slate and a new foundation on which to move forward. Our community has chosen to stand together and tackle this issue and to shine a light on it up front.”
“We are no worse off than any other rural community, we just choose to stand up and say, ‘we don’t want drugs and we will work with whoever we need to make that happen’.”