POLICE arrested seven men in the Central West on Thursday morning as they continue a major investigation into the distribution of prohibited drugs.
Officers from Central West Police District formed Strike Force Foment in June 2017 to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs in the state’s Central West.
About 7am on Thursday police executed search warrants at six properties in Parkes, Forbes and Bogan Gate.
Officers seized several items, including 80 kilograms of cannabis, 380 grams of methylamphetamine ‘ice’, 70 grams of MDMA, cocaine and ecstasy pills, cash, and firearms.
Four men were arrested and taken to Parkes police station and one man arrested and taken to Forbes police station as police continue with their inquiries.
VIDEO: The drug raid near Parkes on Thursday morning ...
There were also two people arrested after a raid near Neville on Thursday morning.
The quantities and type of drug found are yet to be confirmed, and it is unknown at this stage if the two operations were linked.
Central West Commander Superintendent Chris Taylor praised the work of officers.
“These arrests are a testament to our priority to target the drug supply chain,” he said.
“We will continue to work closely with other police districts and all regional enforcement squads to dismantle drug operations.”
Acting on information from the Central West Police District, Lake Illawarra Police District formed Strike Force Hulbert to investigate the ongoing supply of prohibited drugs in the Illawarra.
These arrests are a testament to our priority to target the drug supply chain.Central West Commander Superintendent Chris Taylor
So far, the Illawarra-based investigation has resulted in the seizure of more than 100 kilograms of cannabis, 168 grams of methylamphetamine, 75 grams of MDMA and 83 grams of cocaine.
About 8.40am on Thursday, police executed seven search warrants in Primbee, Unanderra, Flinders, Lake Illawarra and Port Kembla.
Police arrested six men, aged between 23 and 53, and they were taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station.
VIDEO: Central West Commander Superintendent Chris Taylor ...
During the search warrants, officers seized large quantities of cash, firearms and drugs.
Two men, aged 39 and 42, have already been charged during that investigation and remain before the courts.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to the supply of drugs to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Police remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.