Two front court on conspiracy charges

TWO more people arrested in connection to an alleged amphetamine ring in Tamworth have fronted court on conspiracy charges.

Troy Douglas Munkman and Timothy John Brooks are facing a combined 12 charges, including supplying drugs and conspiracy to commit a robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon.

The pair, who both remain on bail, briefly fronted Tamworth Local Court this week before their cases were adjourned.

Police will allege the men were conspiring to commit a robbery in Tamworth before investigators pounced.

Acting on information received, the pair were intercepted by detectives attached to Strike Force Rutter.

The operation, which has culminated in five arrests to date, was set up by Oxley officers in May this year to investigate illegal firearm possession and drug supply in the area.

Brooks is charged with nine separate offences, including using a carriage service to threaten to kill and threaten to harm, as well as possessing housebreaking implements.

He is also facing counts of possessing and supplying drugs, including supplying on an ongoing basis – a charge which carries a maximum of 20 years in jail.

Brooks is yet to enter a plea, while Munkman is facing two drug-related offences on top of the conspiracy count.

The cases have been referred to the DPP to prosecute, with Magistrate Michael Holmes ordering detectives to compile a brief of evidence into the case.

 The pair will return to court in October.

A 33-year-old Oxley Vale man will front court on Monday on seven firearm and drug-related charges stemming from the Strike Force Rutter investigation, while a woman will appear in court later this month in connection to the alleged ring.

Anthony Graham Sutton, 49, remains in custody after he was charged with eight offences following a raid on his South Tamworth home. 

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