19 April 2023

Three charged as police seize weapons, drugs, cash and OMCG clothing in Leeton

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
Cash and drugs

Some of the items seized by police. Photo: NSW Police.

Police have located and seized prohibited drugs, weapons, OMCG clothing and $12,000 following an investigation into the supply of prohibited drugs in the Riverina.

Three men have been charged over their alleged involvement in the distribution of prohibited drugs in Leeton.

Police said officers attached to Murrumbidgee Police District’s Proactive Crime Team established Strike Force Apperly in January this year to investigate the alleged supply of prohibited drugs in the Leeton area.

Following extensive inquiries, local police with assistance from the Operational Support Group (OSG) executed three search warrants at homes in Railway Avenue and Wallowa Street, Leeton, and Purdon Street, Whitton, from about 9 am yesterday (18 April).

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Police located 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, three men aged 49, 50 and 71, were arrested and taken to Leeton Police Station.

The 49-year-old man was charged with 12 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.

He was refused bail to appear before Griffith Local Court on 6 July.

The 50-year-old man was charged with six offences, including supplying a prohibited drug, possessing a prohibited drug, two counts of possessing or using a prohibited weapon without a permit, recklessly dealing with proceeds of crime, and carrying, using or possessing an explosive, flare or firework.

He was refused bail to appear in Griffith Local Court today (19 April).

The 71-year-old man was charged with taking part in supplying a prohibited drug. He was granted conditional bail to appear in Leeton Local Court on 9 May.

Investigations under Strike Force Apperly continue.

Anyone who has information that may assist Strike Force Apperly investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Crime Stoppers online. Information is treated in strict confidence.

The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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