Graffiti intelligence yields weapons, drugs in Hocking

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A RECENT police operation targeting graffiti led investigators to lay charges for drug and firearm offences.

Officers from Wanneroo police station searched four homes during the operation, including one in Hocking on June 28, where they seized weapons, cannabis and methamphetamine.

Senior Sergeant Simon Hazell said officers had police intelligence on graffiti tags they could match to offenders, which led to property searches.

He said graffiti investigations often led to charges for other offences.

“Graffiti is one of those gateway offences,” he said.

“If you do a bit of graffiti, that leads to other crimes.”

Wanneroo police laid seven charges against four people and cleared 15 outstanding crime files.

Across all district stations, officers charged 30 people for about 40 offences.