WA Police have vowed to continue to “detect, disrupt and apprehend” drug syndicates in the Pilbara region after the success of two operations which hauled in drugs, more than $250,000 in cash and led to charges against 50 people.
The two campaigns, run concurrently in South and Port Hedland and Karratha since the start of the year, were largely focused on halting the transportation of drugs into the Pilbara.
South Hedland Detectives led Operation Goldenrod, utilising search warrants and vehicle stops to seize drugs, $223,000 in cash and property and assets worth about $41,500.
Police arrested 28 people and laid 462 charges.
At one premises, police allege they located half a kilogram of meth and $158,000 cash.
All the while Karratha Detectives were simultaneously running Operation Snowmobile.
According to Police they seized $33,000 cash, drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Twenty-two people were arrested and 88 charges were laid.
Pilbara District Superintendent Paul Coombes said the operations, a joint effort between South Hedland and Karratha Detectives, the Organised Crime Division and local police, showed the commitment to disrupting the sale and supply of illicit drugs.
“We know that syndicates continue to use innovative and sophisticated means to conduct their business and avoid detection, however these operations are examples of how the WA Police Force will continue to target these syndicates and stop drugs entering and being sold in the Pilbara area,” he said.
“We will continue to detect, disrupt and apprehend these offenders through a variety of overt and covert operations continuously with a focus on transportation of illicit drugs into Pilbara communities.”