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Eight people have been charged with drug, gun and rural crimes following a joint operation in the south and west of the state. The Strike Force Gunbower was set up by the Murambiji Police District in December last year to investigate an alleged supply of illicit drugs – namely methylamphetamine and cannabis – in the Hilston area. On Thursday morning in Hilston and Mount Hope the Murambiji County Police Department with the help of the Southern Region Operational Support Group and the Kennel Squad carried out search warrants in Hilston and Mount Hope. Officers seized methylamphetamine, cannabis, ammunition and more than $ 7,000 in cash owned by Hilston. On Thursday, a 38-year-old Hilston woman, a 57-year-old Hilston man and a 33-year-old man from Mount Hope were charged. A fourth man from Hilston, 28, was also charged with supplying a firearm to a person who has no right to possess it, namely four pistols. The 28-year-old man was allowed to appear in Griffith’s local court on May 25. His firearms license was also suspended. A 57-year-old Hilston man has been charged with eleven felonies. He was denied bail and he appeared in Griffith’s local court on Friday, where he was formally denied having to reappear in the same court on May 11. The 38-year-old Hilston woman was accused of supplying illicit drugs (knowingly participating) and released on bail. June 22 to appear before the local Griffith court. A 33-year-old man from Mount Hope has been charged with involvement in a criminal group for aiding and abetting criminal activity and two counts of negligent handling of proceeds of crime. In court, police say the man was involved in the theft and illegal sale of goats. A man from Mount Hope was given parole on bail to submit it to local Griffith court on May 25th. His firearms license was also suspended. Investigators from the Central North and Murambiji then joined forces to investigate alleged rural crimes – including the theft and illegal sale of goats, as well as drug trafficking and the sale of firearms – at the border of the two police districts. Following extensive investigations on Wednesday, April 20, PolAir conducted aerial searches of several properties. The search covered 120,000 acres, including Mount Hope, and found about 700 goats that police say were harvested illegally. Among the herd, police found Boer goats bred at home. The goats will be confiscated and, if the owners can be identified, returned. READ MORE The crime prevention manager of the Murambiji Police District, Detective Inspector Eugene Steck, said that rural crime in New Wales is a significant problem and has a huge economic impact. “It costs millions – not only through the theft of shares, but also through the theft of other agricultural equipment, fuel and machinery, damaged fences, loss of income, and introducing risks to biosecurity.” Said the operator Stack. “What the police say happened here is that the goats were stolen from several objects and illegally sold. Those we believe were involved thought they acted unnoticed.” The western and southern regions removed the boundaries of the districts to work together to disrupt and destroy this alleged syndicate. “Farmers are the basis of our country; this joint resolution shows that the police will come across rural crime and drug offenders from all sides and fight them with the full force of the law. ” Four Cobar men have also been charged with the operation. An investigation led by Strike Force Gunbower is ongoing. Our journalists make every effort to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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