NEW England police say they’ve put a big dent in the local drug-supply ring as a result of yesterday’s raids.
It follows similar raids during the past 12 months across the command which has resulted in a number of arrests.
New England crime manager Detective Inspector Ann Joy said police had been focusing on drug-supply rings and Strike Force Romley had made a number of hauls.
“It was a concentrated operation involving a lot of intense, covert surveillance and technical surveillance to identify the activity of these individuals which has ultimately culminated in their arrests today,” she said.
“A number of results over the months it’s been under way and it’s been quite a successful operation for the local area command.”
And they believe the drug arrests will have flow-on effects in other crime categories.
“It certainly has been a focus because those types of activities drive our property crime and, throughout the course of a number of months, we had some issues with break-ins and stealings from cars and they have significantly dropped off in the last month or more – and that’s primarily as a result of our activities with these investigations,” Detective Inspector Joy said.
The strike force was headed up by the New England Target Action Group but has relied on a lot of police resources, including a drug dog as well as officers from across the command.
“We have made some substantial inroads into the activities around the command at this point,” Detective Inspector Joy said.
“It’s intensive resource allocation but, ultimately, you see the benefits over a period of time.
“The work that the Target Action Group has put in in terms of this investigation has been outstanding. Their commitment over quite a number of months to some fairly intensive work is a credit to them and it’s a benefit to the overall command to have those sorts of officers involved in that duty.”
But police say that, despite the raids, they are not taking their fingers off the pulse.