Four people charged over an alleged drug trafficking syndicate have been remanded in custody after facing the Adelaide Magistrates Court this afternoon.
- Police have alleged the group sold more than $150,000 of methylamphetamine
- Premises were searched at Glenelg, Bowden, Woodville, Croydon and Adelaide
- Police are still yet to identify where the drugs were sourced from
Police arrested three men and a woman aged between 33 and 45 yesterday after raiding multiple homes in Adelaide’s west including the alleged syndicate’s headquarters at Glenelg.
Police allege the group had sold more than $150,000 of methylamphetamine over the past four months.
The men will return to court in October, while an application by the woman for home detention bail was adjourned until next week.
Police said the four were charged with various trafficking offences, but they were yet to identify where the drugs were sourced from.
Detective Superintendent Mark Trenwith said he expected the arrests would have a significant impact on the amount of meth available in the community.
“We will be alleging that this four-month investigation has links to organised crime within South Australia and that the syndicate was primarily operating out of the unit of a man who was living at a Glenelg address,” he said.
Police believe the group has sold more than $150,000 of meth in the past four months. (ABC: Kate Hill)
Premises were searched at Glenelg, Glenelg North, Bowden, Woodville, Croydon and Adelaide but Superintendent Trenwith said police did not believe the drugs were manufactured at the locations searched.
“Meth labs wouldn’t be able to operate unless they had a distribution network, so we will be alleging that this is a distribution network,” he said.
“It will be alleged that methamphetamine with a street value of over $150,000 was trafficked during this four-month operation.”
He said 750ml of fantasy was also located as part of the operation, at the Woodville address in February.
Penalties can include ‘lengthy prison sentences’
Over 70 South Australian police officers were involved in the operation, with an address at Glenelg alleged to have been the syndicate’s main address.
A part of the “Operation Globe” investigation, $21,500 cash was seized, as well as one kilogram of powder thought to help cut meth, as well as the 100 grams of meth itself.
Police said further arrests would be possible, but it was not expected at this stage, and none of the accused were thought to be linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Detective Superintendent Trenwith said illicit drugs and trafficking had a significant impact on the community, in particular methamphetamine, and police would continue to target those who manufacture or distribute illicit drugs.
“We will continue to actively target those who choose to become involved in illicit drug distribution,” he said.
“The penalties for being involved in this sort of activity can include lengthy prison sentences.”