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Balgownie man facing serious charges after allegedly supplying prohibited drugs

A BALGOWNIE man is facing serious charges following an ongoing police investigation into the alleged supply of prohibited drugs in the Illawarra region.

The 44-year-old man, along with a 37-year-old Campbelltown man, were charged after Wollongong police established Strike Force Nitrogen in August 2021 to investigate the alleged commercial supply of methylamphetamine in the Illawarra.

Following inquiries, about 1.45pm yesterday (Tuesday, September 28, 2021), police – with the assistance of Bass Hill Region Enforcement Squad – intercepted an alleged drug deal in Beverley Street, Campbelltown, and arrested two men aged 44 and 37.

Police will allege in court the 44-year-old Balgownie man had purchased 35g of methylamphetamine from the younger man, for $11,000. It will be further alleged the Balgownie man travelled to the Campbelltown area daily to purchase the illicit substances to distribute in the Illawarra.

The drug and cash were seized, and the men were taken to Campbelltown Police Station.

The Balgownie man was charged with:

– supply prohibited drug – greater than large commercial quantity

– ongoing supply prohibited drug

– operate drug premises

– participate in criminal group contribute criminal activity

– deal with property proceeds of crime

The 44-year-old man was refused bail to appear in Campbelltown Local Court today (Wednesday, September 29, 2021).

A subsequent search warrant was executed at a home on Duncan Street, Balgownie that afternoon, where officers seized cannabis and ammunition.

The Campbelltown man was charged with supply prohibited drug – greater than large commercial quantity. He was refused bail to appear in Campbelltown Local Court on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

Investigations under Strike Force Nitrogen continue; further arrests are expected.


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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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