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Fairy Meadow man on drug charges

A FAIRY Meadow man is before the courts after being charged by Strike Force Raptor South with drug and firearm offences in the Illawarra region.

Officers from the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor South commenced an investigation into the ongoing supply of and distribution of methylamphetamine.

Following inquiries, police attended and searched a room at a Coniston Hotel on Gladstone Avenue about 11.30am on Tuesday.

Police will allege during the search drugs believed to be methylamphetamine, heroin and Valium, along with a replica pistol, shotgun cartridges and a stun device were located. All items were seized and will undergo forensic examination.

The 45-year-old Fairy Meadow man was arrested at the scene and taken to Wollongong Police Station where he was charged with two counts of supply prohibited drug, possess unauthorised pistol and, possess prescribed restricted substance.

A second man, aged 33, was also arrested at the scene and, was charged in relation to outstanding offences.

Strike Force Raptor was established in 2009 and conducts proactive investigations and intelligence-based, high-impact policing operations to prevent and disrupt conflicts, and dismantle any network engaged in serious organised criminal activity.

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About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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