Guns, knives, drugs in raid


Story appeared in: Inner West Times | July 11th, 2018



THREE people will face court following an ongoing investigation into illicit drug supply.
Strike Force Leabeater was established in March 2018 by detectives to investigative the supply of illicit drugs in the suburbs of the Inner West.
Detectives, with assistance from the South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad and Dog Unit, executed search warrants at homes in Concord West, Strathfield South and Earlwood last Friday.
Police will allege that during the searches they located two replica pistols, knives, over $30,000 cash, an amount of MDMA, ecstasy and other items.
A 22-year-old man was arrested at a home in Concord West, a 21-year-old man was arrested at Chatswood Police Station and a 16-year-boy was arrested at Newtown Police Station.
The 22-year-old was charged with supply prohibited drug (x3), supply prohibited drug - indictable quantity, possess or use prohibited weapon without permission and possess unauthorised firearm.
The 21-year-old was charged with four counts of supply prohibited drug.
The 16-year-old was charged with supply prohibited drug - ongoing basis (x2), supply prohibited drug - indictable quantity, possess prohibited drug and deal with proceeds of crime.
Investigations are continuing and officers expect to lay further charges.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Email scam arrests
A MAN from Newtown and a woman have been charged over alleged email scams netting more than $70,000.
Detectives from the State Crime Command's Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Cabernet to investigate organised criminal groups committing large scale business email compromises.
Earlier this year, strike force investigators received two referrals from Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) relating to fraudulent emails from company directors requesting payment of invoices or other fees.
The first report stated the company's finance department received an email from a person purporting to be the company's Managing Director requesting payment of an invoice for more than $50,000, which was subsequently paid.
Police will allege the account was accessed twice, with a total of $10,000 withdrawn, before it was frozen by the financial institution.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force investigators charged a 29-year-old man at Newtown with two counts of recklessly deal with the proceeds of crime.
The second report stated an employee received an email from a person purporting to be the company's Director requesting a payment of more than $14,000 for professional fees, which was subsequently paid.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force investigators charged a 29-year-old woman from Armidale with recklessly deal with the proceeds of crime.
Cybercrime Squad Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent Matt Craft, urged the business community to be vigilant, as business email compromises are becoming more prevalent.



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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: News | Author: Mark Kirkland | Story ID: 138578 | Viewcount: 1371

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