A police strike force has charged three more people in relation to the alleged sale of cannabis, with a street value of almost $2 million, in the Illawarra.
In February this year, police from the Wollongong Drug Unit established Strike Force Ugoa to investigate the illegal sale of cannabis in Wollongong and Lake Illawarra.
It will be alleged that during the course of the investigation around 108 kilograms of cannabis was sold during covert operations.
Last night, Strike Force Ugoa detectives monitored a meeting between the 37-year-old driver of a Hiace van and the driver of a prime mover at a truck stop on the Hume Highway at Pheasants Nest.
Police stopped both vehicles a short time later and allegedly found 17 kilograms of cannabis in the van and 10 kilograms of the same drug in the prime mover.
Both men were arrested and interviewed by detectives.
Police also conducted a search of the 37-year-old man’s home on Windang Road, Windang, where they allegedly seized a firearm, cash, drug scales and ledgers.
The man has been charged with supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, dealing with the proceeds of crime and firearms offences. He was refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court today.
The driver of the prime mover has been released without charge, pending further investigations.
Since Strike Force Ugoa was established, a total of 15 people have been charged and 72 kilograms of cannabis has been seized.