ANOTHER man has been charged in connection to the Tamworth party drug police operation, this time in Armidale.
The 18-year-old man was arrested in Armidale on Wednesday morning by police from the Oxley Target Action Group, working as part of Strike Force Heyward.
He's facing three allegations of ecstasy supply as well as conspiracy to supply MDMA.
The teenager is the eighth to be arrested as part of the strike force, since it unfolded with raids in Tamworth and Muswellbrook on December 5.
The 18-year-old is charged with three counts of supplying more than an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug, namely MDMA; as well as a charge of conspiracy to supply less than a commercial quantity of the same drug.
He was granted conditional bail by police late on Wednesday to front court in early-2020.
Strike Force Heyward is investigating the supply of MDMA, or ecstasy, and cocaine in and around the Tamworth pub and club scene.
Police have warned up to 20 people will be charged as part of the police investigation in the Tamworth and Armidale areas.
On Tuesday, Kosta Sakellariou was denied bail in Tamworth Local Court, shortly after a 15-year-old co-accused was released on strict conditions.
Sakellariou, 19, is facing three counts of supplying drugs including large commercial supply; organising or conducting a drug premises; conducting a drug premises and exposing a child; and participating in a criminal group by contributing to criminal activity.
The 15-year-old co-accused, who cannot be identified because of his age, is charged with two counts of supplying drugs including a commercial quantity; assisting in a drug premises; and participating in a criminal group by contributing to criminal activity.
The alleged ringleader of the group, Corey Cutmore, has been denied bail until February. He's accused of supplying more than 1kg of MDMA and directing the activities of a criminal group.
Three others from Tamworth and one from Muswellbrook have all been released on bail to front court, charged as part of the alleged drug ring.