Police say a joint operation targeting drug offenders last week resulted in "a significant reduction in reported burglary offences for the week."
Police from the Organised Crime Squad, Geraldton Detectives, Geraldton Volume Crime Team, Geraldton Burglary Suppression Team, Geraldton Police Station and Dongara Police Station executed 19 Misuse of Drugs Act search warrants resulting in 27 offenders being charged with 77 offences.
Police say the link between mid level drug dealers and offenders committing burglary offences is well known.
The charges were:
Possess a Prohibited Drug with Intent to Sell or Supply
Attempt to Manufacture a Prohibited Drug (Methyl-amphetamine)
Aggravated Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm
Possess a Prohibited Drug
Possess Prohibited Weapons
Unlawful Possession (cash)
Unlawful Possession (stolen property)
No Authority to Drive
Police also say they seized a number of items:
1 x Clandestine Drug Laboratory
48.5 grams Methyl-amphetamine
170 grams Cannabis
$10,000 Stolen property recovered
5 Firearms (Hand guns, rifles and homemade pen gun)
81 various rounds of ammunition
Offender’s vehicle were seized and impounded