LOCAL POLICE SNUFF OUT MAJOR DRUG SYNDICATE

Friday, 21 December 2018

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has congratulated local police on the outstanding results of Strike Force Janian, culminating today with the arrest of 13 suspects for a series of serious drug-related offences.

Mr Marshall said the work of Armidale and New England Police, in concert with their Coffs Harbour colleagues, has helped smash a drug syndicate which had been operating in Armidale.

“With these arrests today, the illegal drug trade has been dealt a huge blow,” Mr Marshall said.

“I congratulate our local officers who worked untold hours as part of this operation to achieve these results, which will seriously cut the supply of cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines in our region.

Mr Marshall said the Strike Force was established in August last year to investigate the source of a large-scale, ongoing supply of prohibited drugs to the Armidale district and the arrests today showed the effectiveness of local police.

“Having multiple arrests across the New England and Coffs/Clarence Districts shows how well joint operations work and the important work that our officers do,” Mr Marsghall said.

“Our local men and women in blue have done a great job today helping put some major drug dealers out of business and hopefully behind bars for a very long time.”

Mr Marshall said a number of those arrested faced the most serious drug-related charges in NSW, meaning they could spend up to 25 years behind bars.

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