Police charge five men with drug offences – Strike Force Kiowa

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Five men will face court today charged with several drug offences in the Grafton area.

In December 2018, detectives from Coffs/Clarence Police District established Strike Force Kiowa to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of two people in a fatal crash near Halfway Creek, 20km south of Grafton.

A 34-year-old man has previously been charged under Strike Force Kiowa; he remains before the courts.

As part of their extensive inquiries, strike force investigators allegedly identified a significant drug supply syndicate in the Grafton and South Grafton areas.

About 8.30am yesterday (Thursday 8 August 2019), officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District with assistance from operational support units conducted four search warrants at homes in Grafton, South Grafton and Halfway Creek.

During the search warrants, police located and seized methylamphetamine, cannabis, cash and weapons.

Five men – all aged between 24 and 51 – were arrested and taken to Grafton Police Station.

A 39-year-old South Grafton man was charged with nine offences including possess prohibited drug, supply prohibited drug, supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis and recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

A 38-year-old Grafton man was charged with aggravated break and enter in company and supply prohibited drug.

A 45-year-old Halfway Creek man was charged with 11 offences including supply prohibited drug, receive stolen property and possess unauthorised firearm.

A 24-year-old South Grafton man was charged with 40 drug supply offences.

A 51-year-old Southgate man was charged with 11 drug supply offences.

All five were refused bail to face Grafton Local Court today (Friday 9 August 2019).

Investigations under Strike Force Kiowa are continuing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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