STATE Crime Command officers were last night expected to charge a Hillgrove man with a raft of offences after undercover officers invaded the sleepy village yesterday.
It follows a day of undercover work and afternoon raids that unravelled in the tiny town of 95
people, 30km east of Armidale.
A man, aged in his 30s, was taken into police custody while the investigation unfolded around him, but police refused to reveal the nature of the offences.
As stunned locals watched on, undercover officers came back and forth from a locked gate at a Stella St home, ferrying items to four unmarked cars covering the front entrance of the block. One female officer, who had donned plastic gloves during the search, tried to cover her face as she carried a laptop bag out of the property.
Behind an eight foot high tin and scrap metal fence they worked, guns strapped to their waste, alongside Armidale police, shielding any activity from our cameras or neighbours watching what all the fuss was about.
The roof of a weatherboard home poked above the fence while a large yellow smiley face adorned the wall of a two story building which dwarfed the yard.
Undercover police vehicles were also seen at a second home in the village.
The Leader understands the nature of the investigation centres around serious criminal offences.