Police say 15-year-old boy is the ‘primary source’ of ice in Northam

Police say 15-year-old boy is the ‘primary source’ of ice in Northam

WA Police believe a 15-year-old boy is the primary source of the drug ice into Northam.

Police have charged 10 people after an operation targeting the distribution of methamphetamine in the town.

Disturbingly, police will allege the primary source involving those charged was a teenager.

Throughout October and November, Wheatbelt Detectives worked to identify the key parties involved in the sourcing and distribution of the illicit drug in an investigation code-named Operation Virbius.

Four adults – three females and a male aged between 28 and 34 – driving in a vehicle along Great Eastern Highway, Bakers Hill, were arrested on Friday November 18 and charged with a host of drug offences.

Each of the four was charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply the drug.

Police will allege 45g of methamphetamine was found in the vehicle.

Police then executed search warrants at a number of houses in Northam.

On 19 and 20 November 2016, another three adult males were arrested and charged with a variety of offences, including involvement in a conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply.

On 21 November, police arrested two juvenile males and an adult male at an address in Wanneroo.

Police will allege that when they searched the property, they located approximately 33 grams of methamphetamine, 30 grams of MDMA, five LSD tabs and a small quantity of cannabis resin.

They also discovered three laptop computers, 10 smoking implements, pepper spray and house-breaking implements.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mitch Howard, officer in charge of Wheatbelt Detectives highlighted the efforts detectives and local police working together to protect the vulnerable.

“Drug dealers should take heed of these series of arrests,” he said.

“We will not stand for the community to be rocked by your drug dealing and misery which in turn fuels burglaries, theft and damage as drug users turn to crime in their desire to fund their next hit.”

Officer in charge of Northam Police Station, Senior Sergeant Geoff Dickson, said the arrests sent a message that locals had had enough.

“Wheatbelt Detectives have brought about a number of key arrests that will send a strong message to drug dealers in this community,” he said.

“The community tells me they have had enough of their houses and cars being broken into to fuel drug habits.

“I have told drug dealers in this community that enough is enough – this is our response to their crimes against this community.”