Sep 22 2017

By Georgia Holland


Eleven people have been charged and will face court following investigations into alleged illicit drug supply in the NSW snowfields.


Detectives attached to Monaro Local Area Command established Strike Force Minnta in July 2017 to investigate the supply of illicit drugs within the NSW snowfields.


Earlier this week, officers executed five search warrants in Jindabyne and Smiggin Holes and seized drugs including cannabis, MDMA, cocaine, LSD, psychedelic mushrooms, dexamphetamine and methyl amphetamine and $3,000 in cash.


Over the duration of the operation police have seized illicit drugs with an estimated potential street value in excess of $10,000.


During the two days of raids this week, police arrested eleven people and laid twenty-eight charges predominantly relating to the supply of illicit drugs.


Charges of note include:


A 23-year-old man from Smiggin Holes was charged with possession of cocaine, psychedelic mushrooms, LSD, MDMA, methyl amphetamine and cannabis. He was also charged with supplying a prohibited drug (MDMA) and knowingly take part in the supply of a prohibited drug (MDMA).


A 22-year-old man from Smiggin Holes was also charged with ongoing supply of a prohibited drug (MDMA), one count of supplying cocaine, and three counts of supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug (MDMA).


A 26-year-old man from Jindabyne was charged with supplying drugs on an ongoing basis (dexamphetamine tablets) and four counts of supplying a prohibited drug (dexamphetamine).


A 29-year-old woman from Gerroa was charged with possession of cocaine, cannabis and MDMA.


The three men and woman were granted strict conditional bail to appear before Cooma Local Court on Wednesday 18 October 2017.


Three other men from the Alpine areas have also been charged with the supply of prohibited drugs and will appear before the Cooma Local Court in due course.


Commander of Monaro Local Area Command, Superintendent Mark Murphy said I find it disappointing that within the snowfields of NSW there remains a minority that continue to try to profit from the sale illegal drugs that can cause significant health issues and devastate local communities.


“This operation is a clear indication that drug dealing will not be tolerated within the Monaro Command” said Supt Murphy.


Sep 20 2017

By Georgia Holland


Retail workers and supporters from across the South East region are calling on MPs to reject moves to allow stores to trade on Boxing Day.  

The NSW Treasurer introduced legislation into Parliament last week that would allow stores across the state to trade on Boxing Day.

NSW Secretary, Bernie Smith says the move would rob thousands of retail workers and their families of the ability to spend the Christmas period together.

Over 150 workers from across the state joined Santas yesterday, marching on State Parliament to call on politicians to protect Boxing Day from retail trading.

At the rally, Opposition Leader, Luke Foley, was presented with thousands of signatures from workers and supporters, including many from the South East region.

Sep 20 2017

By Georgia Holland


NSW Ambulance paramedics are reminding local farmers to take safety precautions when around livestock, following several serious incidents on Saturday.

NSW Ambulance Superintendent Steve Flanagan says incidents involving livestock and vehicles such as quad bikes and tractors lead to significant injuries and even death.

Data shows paramedics responded to 152 incidents involving cows and 106 involving bulls since July 2015.

Superintendent Flanagan says to assist paramedics in attending incidents that occur in remote locations, people should provide as much information as possible when speaking to Triple Zero.

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