Police launch raids on Hunter Valley properties

SEVEN people have been charged and drugs, guns and other weapons seized following six simultaneous raids on homes in the Hunter Valley.

At 8.15am on Tuesday, police executed the six search warrants at homes in Abermain, Weston and Chisholm.

In one of the homes, on Charles Street, Abermain, police allegedly found a handgun, two 12 gauge shotguns, an air rifle, a sawn off .22 rifle, a shortened .22 calibre rifle, assorted ammunition, an extendable baton, methylamphetamine, and cannabis leaf.

Two men, aged 21 and 55, were arrested. The 21-year-old was charged with drug supply and gun possession. The 55-year-old was charged with firearm and ammunition possession offences, as well as possess prohibited drug. 

At another home, on Threadtail Street, Chisholm, police allegedly found a pill press, a powder believed to be amphetamine, pills believed to be MDMA, a white rock substance believed to be methylamphetamine, as well as methylamphetamine oil and other tools used in the manufacture of prohibited drugs. 

A 31-year-old man was charged with multiple drug offences.

In another raid, at a home on Ellis Street, Weston, police allegedly seized methylamphetamine, cash, and drug paraphernalia. A 33-year-old woman was charged with supply prohibited drug and possess prohibited drug. 

Raids on another two homes on Charles Street, Abermain, allegedly netted cannabis, drug paraphernalia, water pipes, scales, cash, mobile phones, a Honda 125cc motorcycle, a white powder, believed to be methylamphetamine, and cannabis. 

A 23-year-old man was arrested at one home and charged with knowingly take part in large commercial quantity supply of methylamphetamine and supply cannabis. While a 23-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were arrested at the other address. The man was charged with supply and manufacture large commercial quantity of methylamphetamine, multiple counts of individual supply offences and operating a drug premises. 

The 20-year-old woman was charged with knowingly take part in both supply and manufacture of large commercial quantity of prohibited drug.

One of the guns seized.

One of the guns seized.

In the sixth raid, on a home on John Street, Abermain, police found cash, assorted personal documentation, and electronic devices. A 51-year-old female was spoken to, however no arrests were made and inquiries were ongoing.

All of those charged were refused bail and were to face Maitland Local Court on Wednesday.

In October 2016, police from Central Hunter Local Area Command initiated Strike Force Oleria to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs in the Abermain area.