Theft probe leads to drug-ring bust
INVESTIGATIONS into a spate of break and enters has led to the smashing of a drug supply ring in the New England region, police say.
Strike Force Romley was established four months ago to investigate thefts in and around Armidale.
About 11:20am last Thursday, police stopped a southbound Toyota Tarago on Derby St, Walcha, south of Armidale.
Police say a search of the vehicle allegedly found approximately 25g of methylamphetamine “ice”, heroin, MDMA, LSD, cash, a stun-gun and electronic equipment believed to be stolen.
The drugs have an estimated potential street value of $30,000.
The three occupants of the vehicle – a 47-year-old Uralla man, 56-year-old man from Engadine in Sydney’s south, and 39-year-old Armidale woman – were arrested and taken to Armidale Police Station.
The 47-year-old man was charged with supply an indictable amount of amphetamine, while the 56-year-old man was charged with supply a prohibited drug, deal with proceeds of crime and three counts of possession of a prohibited drug.
Both men appeared in Armidale Local Court on Friday and were remanded in custody to re-appear next Wednesday, August 22.
The 39-year-old woman was charged with knowingly taking part in the supply of a prohibited drug, supply prohibited drug and possess prohibited drug.
She was granted bail to appear in Armidale Local Court on the same day.