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Drug arrest at Austinmer hotel


MDMA tablets. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

TWO men are before the courts after being charged with serious drug offences when arrested at Austinmer and Fairy Meadow on Wednesday.

During November 2018 Wollongong police formed Strike Force Aperta to investigate the supply of illegal drugs in the Illawarra area.

Investigators identified two men as part of the operation and about 5.20pm on Wednesday arrested the men in the car park of a Austinmer hotel.

Police will allege that a 39-year-old man was in possession of more than $5000 cash and a search of his vehicle revealed several prepacked containers of a substance believed to be methylamphetamine. A small quantity of cannabis was also located.

Investigators obtained a search warrant and examined a room in the hotel allegedly locating MDMA tablets, heroin, Fentanyl and GBL.

Another search warrant was executed at a home in Fairy Meadow where MDMA tablets, Suboxone, cash and counterfeit currency were located.

The men were conveyed to Wollongong Police Station where they were later charged with numerous offences.

A 39-year-old man was charged with numerous offences including supply prohibited drug – large commercial quantity (x 4), direct criminal group, deal with the proceeds of crime, possess prohibited drug (x 2) and possess or use prohibited weapon (x 3).

A 41-year-old man was charged with participate criminal group and knowingly take part in supply prohibited drug.

Strike Force Aperta continue with their investigations into drug supply in the area.


About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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