A Leeton man has had his bail denied over his alleged involvement in the distribution of prohibited drugs in the region.
Robert Russell fronted Griffith Local Court on Thursday (6 July) charged with 12 alleged offences, including six counts of supplying a prohibited drug, knowingly allowing the use of a drug on the premises, three counts of possessing a prohibited drug, having goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen, and knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime.
The 49-year-old did not apply for bail and it was formally denied by Magistrate Trevor Khan, who set his next appearance for 23 August.
In April, police located and seized prohibited drugs, weapons, OMCG clothing and $12,000 following an investigation into the alleged supply of prohibited drugs in Leeton. The Murrumbidgee Police District’s Proactive Crime Team established the operation, Strike Force Apperly, in January this year.
Following extensive inquiries, police executed three search warrants, at homes in Railway Avenue and Wallowa Street, Leeton, and Purdon Street, Whitton, from about 9 am on 18 April.
Police found and seized methylamphetamine, cannabis, MDMA, an electronic stun device, an extendable baton, fireworks, OMCG clothing, more than $12,000 in cash, and paraphernalia consistent with the alleged distribution of methylamphetamine.
During the searches, Russell and two other men, aged 50 and 71, were arrested and taken to Leeton Police Station.
Investigations under Strike Force Apperly continue. Anyone who has information that may help police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.