Drugs and weapons seized

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph

Police have struck another blow against the supply and sale of illicit drugs after weapons, cash and a large quantity of cannabis were seized in raids over three days.

Six people were charged with a total of 18 offences, including possession of drugs with intent to sell or supply and unlawful possession of cash, following raids on South and Port Hedland properties last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The properties were targeted based on police intelligence and reports to Crime Stoppers.

The joint operation between Port and South Hedland police, East Pilbara detectives and the police dog squad was aimed at reducing community harm and stopping the trade of illegal drugs.

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Port Hedland Sergeant Jayd Morawski said the raids would continue with the addition of extra officers from Perth.

“Police crew in Port and South Hedland have recently been severely impacted by injury and, as a result, our capacity has increased,” Sgt Morawksi said.

“We asked extra staff to come up from Perth to give the existing crew the ability to fill holes in South Hedland.

“Since the start of March there has been a reduction across the board with crime and antisocial behaviour.”

Sgt Morawksi said crime had risen between the end of January and the start of March, with an average of 25 crimes a week.

“We have since targeted that offence category, and as a result police have made a number of apprehensions and have put more people behind bars,” he said. Sgt Morawski said while police were there to enforce legislation, they could not provide counselling for the many families in crisis who were struggling with drug addiction.

He said there were many services available in town to help people with drug problems. Mission Australia area manager Stephanie Holmes said people struggling with drug and alcohol feared judgment and were often afraid to seek counselling.

The charity offers a service for people aged 14 and older to com-bat drug and alcohol addiction.

“In any community, having close relationships with key stakeholders is vital,” Ms Holmes said.

“It’s important we work together to support the need of the community.”

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