Police tackle heroin supply

NINETEEN people have been arrested following a nine-month operation into heroin supply on the Mid North Coast.

Under an operation codenamed Warrior, police from the Manning-Great Lakes Local Area Command have tackled an increase in supply of the hard drug.

Property crimes associated with the use and supply of heroin have also been targeted around the Taree and Purfleet areas.

A total of 19 people have been charged since August last year, while a further five people are awaiting charges.

A total of 20 charges have been laid so far, including supply prohibited drug (heroin), possess prohibited drug heroin (amphetamine, buprenorphine); aggravated break, enter and steal; custody of knife; and receive/dispose stolen property (jewellery).

“During Operation Warrior we used a number of forensic investigative techniques to gather evidence,” crime manager Detective Inspector Peter McKenna said.

“The operation has resulted in a significant number of arrests, along with an immediate and noticeable downturn in property crime, especially break, enter and steal and stolen motor vehicles.”

Anyone with information surrounding heroin supply or use on the Mid North Coast should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

CANNABIS users cost NSW taxpayers more than $700 million every year, a new report shows, and offenders, especially children, are doing little to seek help after being caught using the illegal drug.

NSW Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat on Thursday released his department's performance audit on “The Effectiveness of Cautioning of Minor Cannabis Offences”.

“In fact, it seems that a large number of these drug offenders who are cautioned just treat it as a slap on the wrist with a piece of wet lettuce,” Mr Achterstraat told journalists in Sydney.

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