BY JESSICA ROUSE
NSW Police have released details on just what they seized from 12 properties in the Hunter region yesterday.
The Central Hunter Target Action Group and Central Hunter Dog Unit established Strike Force Hoadley in December 2016 to investigate the ongoing supply of drugs in the region.
Ten people have been charged after search warrants at Cessnock, Newcastle, Bellbird, Mayfield and Jesmond uncovered a plethora of drugs including cannabis, and prescription drugs – at a home in Mayfield a number of weapons were allegedly seized including knives, a cross bow, samurai swords and replica firearms.
Six of the ten people arrested face court today on numerous charges.
One man, a 71-year-old who was arrested at Cessnock is charged with supply prohibited drug on ongoing basis, four counts of supply prohibited drug, deal in the proceeds of crime and operate a drug premises. He was refused bail to appear in Cessnock Local Court today.
At the Cessnock properties, police seized methylamphetamines, LSD, cannabis, cash, prescription drugs, replica firearms, ammunition, throwing knives and tools suspected of being stolen.
The others arrested include a 46-year-old man and 29-year-old woman who were arrested at Cessnock; a 32 and 40-year-old man and two women aged 42 and 45 from Cessnock; two men aged 47 and 52 were arrested in Bellbird; and a 37-year-old man was arrested in Jesmond.
Investigations are continuing and its expected further arrests will be made.