Connect with us
Byron Bay News and Weather copy
The Northern Rivers News
Mt Warning News and Weather copy
The Northern Rivers Weekly Advertising
Kyogle News
Grafton News and Events copy
The Northern Rivers Funerals
Byron Bay News and Weather copy
The Northern Rivers News
Mt Warning News and Weather copy
The Northern Rivers Weekly Advertising
Kyogle News
Grafton News and Events copy
The Northern Rivers Funerals
previous arrow
next arrow

National News Australia

$4.5 million worth of assets and $1 million worth of drugs seized in investigation targeting alleged drug syndicate

Published

on

drug syndicate Harrington Park
Advertisements
Alumy Creek Angus - Stud Angus Sires Tenterfield - Top of the Range Angus Genetics

$4.5 million worth of assets and $1 million worth of drugs seized in investigation targeting alleged drug syndicate

 

State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad and the NSW Crime Commission (NSWCC) have charged three men and seized $4 million in assets believed to be proceeds of crime under Strike Force Lavington.

Strike Force Lavington is a joint investigation targeting a high-profile drug syndicate run out of Harrington Park in Sydney in the Macarthur Region.

In August 2023, strike force detectives stopped a vehicle on the M1 at Brooklyn. During a search of the vehicle, police located and seized 70 grams of cocaine. The 66-year-old male driver was arrested and charged with drug supply related offences. He was refused bail and appeared in Hornsby Local Court on Monday 28 August 2023.

Advertisements

On Monday 25 September 2023, strike force detectives stopped a vehicle near Harrington Park, in which they located 14 grams of cocaine. The driver – a 49-year-old man – was arrested and charged with drug supply related offences. He was granted conditional bail and appeared at Campbelltown Local Court on Thursday 19 October 2023.

About 12.20pm the next day (Tuesday 26 September 2023), strike force detectives – with assistance from the Dog Squad – executed a search warrant in Harrington Park where they arrested a 47-year-old man.

During a search of the property, police located 100 grams of cocaine, 60 grams of methylamphetamine, $7200 cash, luxury watches worth over $400,000, and a Dodge Ram.

The man was taken to Narellan Police Station where he was charged with four counts of supply prohibited drug >indictable & <commercial quantity, recklessly deal with proceeds of crime >$5000 and fail to comply digital evidence access order direction.

He was refused bail and appeared at Picton Local Court on Wednesday 27 September 2023.

Following further inquiries into the alleged drug syndicate, throughout the day yesterday (Tuesday 9 April 2024), strike force detectives – with assistance from South West Metropolitan Operational Support Group – executed four search warrants in Harrington Park, Ingleburn, Abbotsbury and Bondi.

During the searches, police located and seized a Lamborghini worth $300,000, a VK Commodore Brock special edition racing car worth $500,000, and 1.3kg of methylamphetamine with a street value of $1 million.

With assistance from the NSWCC, police also froze $3.2 million dollars’ worth of property.

Commander of State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad, Detective Superintendent Peter Faux, said targeting assets is a key focus of the squad.

“We know money and wealth is one of the driving motivators for people who get involved in organised crime, which is why working with the NSW Crime Commission – and taking away those assets – is so effective,” Det Supt Faux said.

“Targeting and seizing assets is such an important part of our work because it enables us to completely disrupt the activity of alleged criminals and put the onus back on them to prove their goods have been legally obtained.”

Executive Director Operations of the NSW Crime Commission, Darren Bennett, said the NSWCC and NSWPF are determined to continue to track down and seize the proceeds of crime and ultimately return them to the people of NSW.

“Yesterday’s operational activity was the culmination of months of investigation into unexplained wealth held by people involved in organised crime,” Mr Bennett said.

“The raids today are only the start of the hard work, and a civil process will now commence, aimed at stripping alleged criminals of their wealth that we can establish has been illegally obtained.

“Together we have numerous ongoing investigations on foot aimed at taking unexplained wealth from criminals and the public should expect to see many more operations of this type in the coming months. It’s another good day for the hard-working taxpayers of NSW.”

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or visit here. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

 

For more National Australia News, visit here.

Advertisements
  • Tenterfield-The Bowlo
  • Northern Rivers Rubbish Removal

Armidale

Two charged with drug supply in Armidale – Strike Force Malebo

Published

on

By

NSW-Northern-Rivers-Breaking-News
Advertisements
Alumy Creek Angus - Stud Angus Sires Tenterfield - Top of the Range Angus Genetics

Two charged with drug supply in Armidale – Strike Force Malebo

***PLEASE NOTE: NSW Police Force vision of arrests and photos are available via Hightail https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/kgDYeZY99N***

© State of NSW (NSW Police Force). For editorial use only. No sublicensing of any NSW Police Force supplied image or footage allowed on a standalone basis without the express written consent of NSW Police Force. NSW Police Force attribution notice and logo to be retained on all copies of supplied images or footage with the moral rights to no false attribution and of integrity in all its images and footage asserted.

Two people will face court charged following an investigation into the supply of prohibited drugs in the state’s Northern Tablelands during a targeted police operation.

Advertisements

In August 2023, officers attached to New England Police District established Strike Force Malebo to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs in the Armidale area.

Just after 6.30am yesterday (Wednesday 22 May 2024), strike force officers executed three search warrants simultaneously at homes in Armidale.

Officers located and seized, methamphetamine, ammunition, prohibited weapons, testosterone, and drug paraphernalia.

About 6.30am, officers attended a caravan park in Armidale, and arrested a 29-year-old man.

He was taken to Armidale Police Station and charged with supply prohibited drug – indictable quantity, owner/occupier knowingly allow use as drug premises, participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, and breach of bail. He was also charged with three unrelated traffic offences.

The man was refused bail and appeared at Armidale Local Court today (Thursday 23 May 2024).

About 9am, police attended another home in Armidale, and arrested a 42-year-old man.

He was taken to Armidale Police Station and charged with supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis.

The man was given conditional bail to appear at Armidale Local Court on Monday 17 June 2024.

Inquiries are continuing.

New England Police District Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Kingsley Chapman, said local police will continue to target prohibited drug supply.

“The harm caused by these prohibited substances to local communities cannot be understated,” he said.

“Police work with the community to proactively pursue anyone suspected of supplying prohibited drugs and disrupt the associated criminal activities which impact on the people of Armidale,” Insp Chapman said.

Anyone with information related to the supply of prohibited drugs within the New England Police District is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or local police.

Advertisements
  • Tenterfield-The Bowlo
  • Northern Rivers Rubbish Removal
Continue Reading

Local News

Councils lose half billion dollars a year

Published

on

By

flawed waste levy system
Advertisements
Alumy Creek Angus - Stud Angus Sires Tenterfield - Top of the Range Angus Genetics

Councils lose half billion dollars a year

 

The United Services Union (USU) has unveiled a startling revelation regarding the NSW Government’s handling of funds accrued through a flawed waste levy system, which has led to an annual loss exceeding half a billion dollars for local councils. Rather than channelling these funds back into assisting councils with their waste management services and infrastructure, as intended, the government’s actions have exacerbated financial strains on local authorities.

This revelation, to be presented before the NSW Standing Committee on State Development’s inquiry into local government financial sustainability, highlights a pressing issue compounded by the detrimental effects of rate capping—a policy that has severely constrained the financial flexibility of the majority of NSW councils. Both the flawed waste levy system and the constraints of rate capping persist as legacies of the previous coalition government.

General Secretary of the USU, Graeme Kelly, underscored the severity of the situation, emphasising that while local councils and communities contribute approximately $750 million annually through the waste levy, only a fraction, $250 million, is reinvested into local waste management initiatives. The staggering sum of $500 million is siphoned into the state’s consolidated revenue, neglecting the intended purpose of aiding councils in managing waste sustainably.

Advertisements

The shortfall in waste levy revenue exacerbates existing challenges, particularly in regions like northern NSW, where inadequate landfill sites prompt councils to incur additional costs by transporting waste across state borders. This situation not only burdens ratepayers but also results in lost levy revenue for NSW.

Mr. Kelly decried this as a blatant instance of cost shifting by the NSW Government, which places undue strain on councils already grappling with financial constraints imposed by rate pegging, diminishing grants, and escalating service demands.

The USU contends that the mismanagement of the waste levy exacerbates financial pressures on councils, incentivizing some to seek alternatives such as dumping waste in neighbouring states. This practice not only undermines environmental objectives but also erodes the financial stability of local councils.

However, the waste levy issue is symptomatic of a larger financial crisis facing local government in NSW, as highlighted in a report by Professor Brian Dollery. The report underscores the deleterious impact of rate pegging, which over two decades has precipitated heightened debt levels, infrastructure deficiencies, and decreased municipal efficiency compared to states without rate caps.

Mr. Kelly emphasised the urgent need for reform, asserting that unless councils are empowered to set rates reflective of their actual costs, the risk of financial distress looms large, jeopardising employment and essential services for over 50,000 council employees statewide.

The USU calls upon the NSW Government to dismantle rate pegging as part of a comprehensive reform agenda aimed at securing the long-term financial viability of local government. While recognizing the complexity of the challenges ahead, Mr. Kelly stressed that abolishing rate pegging represents a crucial initial step towards establishing a sustainable funding model that acknowledges the indispensable role of local government in community welfare.

 

For more National Australia News, visit here.

Advertisements
  • Tenterfield-The Bowlo
  • Northern Rivers Rubbish Removal
Continue Reading

Local News

NSW Government to Modernise Planning with $5.6 Million AI Investment

Published

on

By

NSW-Northern-Rivers-Breaking-News
Advertisements
Alumy Creek Angus - Stud Angus Sires Tenterfield - Top of the Range Angus Genetics

NSW Government to Modernise Planning with $5.6 Million AI Investment

 

The NSW Government has announced a $5.6 million initiative to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into local council planning systems to address the ongoing housing crisis and shortage of planners. This move aims to accelerate development assessment times and enhance the efficiency of the planning process.

The “AI in NSW Planning” project has identified key areas within the development application assessment process that contribute to delays and could benefit from AI technologies.

After thorough evaluation, three innovative technologies have been selected for trials through the AI Solutions Panel and Early Adopter Grant Program:

Advertisements
  • Adaptovate Pty Ltd’s Development Assessment Intelligence System (DAISY)
  • Archistar Platform
  • Propcode CDC

Councils are encouraged to apply for funding to test these technologies, with collaborative joint grant applications eligible for up to $500,000 and single council applications up to $200,000. This funding initiative is designed to foster innovative solutions to streamline the development application process.

Approximately 85 percent of all new home development applications in NSW are assessed by council staff. The introduction of recommended AI tools aims to reduce the average time taken to assess development applications by swiftly identifying administrative and data input errors.

Applications for the Early Adopter Grant Program are open to all councils and will close on 22 May 2024. Successful applicants will be notified by June.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Paul Scully, emphasised the transformative potential of the program: “This grant program is set to modernise the NSW planning system, enhancing its efficiency by equipping our planners with the best tools available. Our objective is to ensure the planning system operates at full capacity, which is essential for the timely delivery of new homes.”

For further details or to apply for a grant, councils are invited to visit the NSW Planning website. This initiative marks a significant step towards bringing NSW planning systems into the 21st century, leveraging technology to meet the growing needs of the community.

 

For more National Australia News, visit here.

Advertisements
  • Tenterfield-The Bowlo
  • Northern Rivers Rubbish Removal
Continue Reading

NRTimes Online

Advertisement

National News Australia

Latest News

Verified by MonsterInsights