POLICE used a fire engine to search for drugs under the roof of Housing Authority flats in Wellington Street, Mosman Park yesterday.
The search was part of an ongoing crackdown after a crime spike in the upmarket riverside suburb, which has been partially linked to some residents and their associates at the flats.
Cottesloe-based Senior Sergeant Tony Booker said the search found a system of strings attached to the roof’s tiles that allowed drugs to be hidden.
Officers dismantled the strings.
“It will be alleged they were hiding drugs under the tiles,” Sgt Booker said.
As part of the operation police charged a Coolbellup man (26) with burglary after he was found walking streets near the flats with a torch and gloves last week.
A Cockburn man (24) was also charged with possession of 7g of methamphetamine and 3g of cannabis after his car was searched at the flats.
Sgt Booker said crime in Mosman Park had fallen about 80 per cent since the crackdown and arrests.
No drugs were found under the tiles in the search, but a small amount of cannabis and drug paraphernalia were allegedly in a top-floor flat and the unit underneath.
Two Mosman Park men, aged 39 and 34, were charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, and will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.
The Housing Authority has been informed of its tenants’ alleged drug-related activities.