New South Wales police have arrested 11 people after a major operation served nine search warrants simultaneously in central-western New South Wales.
Strike Force Eurong involving more than 100 police from the Orana Local Area Command, Public Order Riot squad and Operation Support group conducted searches in Wellington and Dubbo at 6:20am on Wednesday.
Acting Commander Scott Tanner said officers seized a firearm, cannabis, laptop computers, phones, three motorbikes and 35 grams of the drug ice.
He said fentanyl patches and prescription medication were also found.
“Strike Force Eurong was formed by the Orana Local Area Command Detectives and the investigation has been targeting the sale and supply of illicit drugs throughout our region,” Acting Commander Scott Tanner said.
Four raids were conducted in Dubbo and five in Wellington.
Police said two Macquarie Street units in Dubbo were raided and all occupants were taken to the local police station.
Arrests were made at a houses on Pierce Street, Reid Street and Gisborne Street in Wellington.
The ages of people arrested range from 21 years to a 49 years.
“As we know, drugs are having a major impact on our crime levels but also on our community,” Acting Commander Tanner said.
He said the operation would disrupt drug supply in the Dubbo and Wellington districts.
“I certainly think that we have made a significant dent in the distribution in Dubbo and Wellington and our investigation will continue.”
“This goes to show that the police are serious and are committed to reducing the level of distribution across the central west and especially in our smaller town.”
Police said they were putting local drug suppliers on notice with further arrests expected to made.
“Make no mistake about it, if you are dealing drugs, you will be caught,” Acting Commander Tanner said.