Police in drugs, crime crackdown

Police have been busy in the first half of the year.
Police have been busy in the first half of the year.

Clarkson Detectives Senior Sergeant Gary Saunders said one of the biggest operations in 2014 had been the three-week Operation Evolution in April.

Sgt Saunders said detectives focused on preventing, detecting and apprehending people responsible for volume crime offences during the operation.

‘The operation also encompassed investigation into suspected drug dealers who are associated with offenders responsible for volume crime offences,’ he said. ‘Detectives executed 13 search warrants on premises within the northern corridor.

‘Significant quantities of prohibited drugs were removed from the streets and equipment used in the manufacture or cultivation of prohibited drugs were seized.’

Sgt Saunders said police laid 43 drug-related charges, seven related to selling drugs, and five firearm-related charges.

He said they charged one person with eight aggravated armed robberies.

‘Volume crime offenders were quickly identified and arrested, with 14 charges of burglary, 10 charges of stealing, 18 fraud charges and one charge of stealing a motor vehicle preferred,’ Sgt Saunders said.

‘The operation concluded with 64 offenders charged with 153 offences.’

Sgt Saunders said the unit had also laid multiple drug, burglary and fraud-related charges in its other investigations this year.

Some related to a search at a Heathridge property on May 21, where detectives allegedly found a cannabis hydroponic room.

Sgt Saunders said detectives found cannabis growing in the room and more stored in a freezer, and discovered the electricity meter had been bypassed.

A Heathridge man (41) will appear in Joondalup Magistrates Court on July 8, charged with cultivating and possessing cannabis, and obtaining power in a manner that circumvents recording.

After another search of a property on Brazier Road, Yanchep, on May 21, detectives charged a woman (34) with possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply and possessing drug paraphernalia.

‘A significant quantity of methylamphetamine was located with other drug paraphernalia,’ Sgt Saunders said. ‘She is next due before Joondalup Magistrates Court on July 2.’