PORT Stephens police believe they have cracked a ‘‘significant’’ drug distribution ring in Raymond Terrace with the arrest of a woman, 45, and the alleged seizure of more than $10,000 worth of heroin yesterday.
Acting Superintendent Trevor Shiels said investigators had made illegal drugs a priority in the command, launching several operations recently to try to ‘‘bring drug supply in the local area to its knees’’.
VIDEO: See the arrest of the woman.
Video courtesy of NSW Police
The first of those investigations came to fruition about 9am yesterday when officers attached to Operation Lover, launched five weeks ago to investigate the supply of heroin in Raymond Terrace, raided a house in Parkway Avenue.
Inside they allegedly discovered 25.8grams of heroin with an estimated potential street value of $10,000, suspicious credit cards, driver’s licences and Medicare cards, and a ‘‘significant’’ amount of cash and ammunition.
The 45-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and taken to Raymond Terrace police station, where she was charged with ongoing drug supply, goods in custody, possession of ammunition, dealing with the proceeds of crime, and deem supply and possession of a prohibited drug.
Port Stephens police had hoped the woman would front Raymond Terrace Local Court yesterday but instead she was refused bail to appear in Maitland Local Court today.
Police received a tip-off from a member of the public about the alleged drug activity and put the house under surveillance in the weeks leading up to the raid.
‘‘Police within this command have been conducting drug investigations over a long period of time and the culmination of one of those investigations occurred [yesterday] where a search warrant was executed, a female was arrested and an amount of heroin was seized,’’ Acting Superintendent Shiels said.
‘‘It is a significant amount of drugs and it is certainly good to see a drug like this, which has a devastating affect on families and users, off the streets.
‘‘We are certainly doing our best to bring drug use and drug supply in the local area to its knees.
‘‘Police will allege she is a significant operator in this area and that she was involved in an ongoing supply of heroin.
‘‘We are very keen to hear from the community in relation to drug matters and will look to act on any information in a bid to bring people before the courts.’’