Psychoactive drug raid: charges laid after search of stores in Rockingham, Mandurah, Armadale, Vic Park, Wanneroo and Highgate

AN investigation into the sale of psychoactive substances at retail outlets across Perth has resulted in 314 drug charges against 18 people.

The investigation commenced in November and involved both inspections and search warrants conducted under the Misuse of Drugs Act at stores in Mandurah and other Perth suburbs.

This activity occurred in November, January, February, March and July, with some inspections conducted under amendments to the Act related to psychoactive substances.

These inquiries resulted in the seizure of 4573 items, which were taken for further analysis, and the subsequent investigation resulted in 11 people being charged with possessing a prohibited drug with intent to sell or supply, and four people being charged with 38 counts of selling a prohibited drug.