A Wamberal man, a Holgate man, and seven others have been charged with 290 offences, following an investigation into the distribution of prohibited drugs on the Central Coast.
In October 2018, investigators attached to Tuggerah Lakes Drug and Anti-Theft Unit, established Strike Force Lamprey to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs.
Following ongoing inquiries, on Thursday, January 10, police executed six search warrants simultaneously, at properties in Long Jetty, The Entrance, Holgate, Wamberal, and Bateau Bay.
A number of items were seized, including drugs, drug paraphernalia, mobile phones, prescription medication, and more than $50,000 cash.
A 41-year-old man was arrested at a home in Tall Timbers Rd, Wamberal.
He was taken to Wyong Police Station and charged with 47 drug supply offences.
A 37-year-old man was arrested at a home in Milina Rd, Holgate.
He was taken to Gosford Police Station and charged with supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug, enhanced hydroponic cultivation of cannabis (commercial quantity), and dealing with proceeds of crime.
He was refused bail, to appear at Gosford Local Court.
The other seven people, included five men and two women, who were all arrested at various properties throughout the former Wyong Shire LGA.
Tuggerah Lakes Police District Commander, Superintendent John Gralton, said Strike Force Lamprey’s outcome is the result of a dedicated joint operation.
“The results demonstrate our commitment to investigate drug supply and put offenders before the court,” Superintendent Gralton said.
“Strike Force Lamprey is the result of Tuggerah Lakes police coordinating with officers from Brisbane Water Police District and the State Crime Command Drug and Firearm Squad, and I thank all involved for their assistance.
“We will continue to investigate, prevent and punish those involved in drug supply and other criminal activity,” Superintendent Gralton said.
Media release, Jan 11
NSW Police Media