TWO Armidale men are facing up to 20 years in jail for drug supply offences after police pounced on two homes in early-morning raids.
The Leader was there as more than a dozen police swooped on the Newton St unit – there was also a simultaneous raid on a Castledoyle Rd property – just after 8am yesterday.
Two men were arrested and are facing seven charges between them, with allegations they have been involved in an alleged methamphetamine drug supply ring.
A 25-year-old man was handcuffed and taken into custody inside the unit before being led away by undercover officers into an awaiting paddy wagon.
Outside, police secured the scene, and a drug dog and his handler, who were called in from the coast, remained stationed at the front of the units as a number of onlookers watched on.
The dog was then called in to search the unit, where 6.6g of methamphetamines, as well as mobile phones, were seized by officers.
New England crime manager Detective Inspector Ann Joy told The Leader the raids were the culmination of lengthy undercover work as part of Strike Force Romley.
“Police have been investigating the supply of methamphetamine in the Armidale area over the months of June and July this year,” she said.
“Police will allege they have seized on three occasions during that period a drug that has been supplied by the [25-year-old] individual to a purchaser.”
Meanwhile, undercover officers also raided a Castledoyle St property at the same time, arresting the 40-year-old occupant before he was taken to Armidale Police Station.
A search was then initiated of the rural property where police seized mobile phones, documents and a car they allege was used in the alleged drug ring.
“Police allege the vehicle has been used in the commission of supply of prohibited drugs and an application will be made for that vehicle to be forfeited to the Crown,” Detective Inspector Joy said.
New England detectives, Target Action Group officers and police spent much of yesterday morning searching both properties.
Both men were charged yesterday afternoon with the ongoing supply of prohibited drugs – an offence that carries a maximum jail term of 20 years.
They’re both also facing one count each of conspiracy to supply a prohibited drug.
The 25-year-old Newton St man has also been charged with one count of supply a prohibited drug that is more than an indictable quantity.
The 40-year-old man has been charged with two counts of supplying a prohibited drug after he was alleged to have dealt Oxycontin in the Armidale area.
Both men have been refused bail and will front Armidale Local Court today.
The raids signal the culmination of Strike Force Romley, set up last year.
“Strike Force Romley was set up back in June 2012 and has been running in excess of 12 months investigating the supply of methamphetamine and other drugs in and around the Armidale area,” Detective Inspector Ann Joy said.
Police haven’t ruled out laying further charges.