Illawarra drug raids: Six denied bail

Five men and one woman accused of running a large-scale drug ring in the Illawarra will remain in custody until at least June.

Nicholas Drougas, 37, David Dahl, 44, Marino Decresci, 48, Evren Agdiran, 34, Terrence Strafford, 44, and Angela Hood, 29, appeared in Wollongong Local Court on Thursday on multiple charges relating to alleged drug supply throughout the region last summer.

Only Hood and Agdiran made formal bids to be released on bail. Magistrate Michael Stoddart rejected both applications, as well as formally refusing bail for the other five co-accused.

Police documents tendered during the two bail applications gave an insight into the police operation that led to the Wednesday morning arrests.

Lake Illawarra police set up Strike Force Erola in October last year to investigate the supply of methamphetamine, or ice, in the region.

Mid-month, police were given the go-ahead to carry out a controlled operation using undercover police and surveillance techniques.

Police allege between October and March they recorded all six accused carry out multiple drug sales or exchanges, ranging from small amounts costing $100 up to quantities worth more than $25,000.

Police swooped on the group on Wednesday morning, carrying out simultaneous raids at homes in Barrack Heights, Blackbutt, Horsley, Mount Warrigal, Warilla and Windang.

Drougas and Dahl, both from Barrack Heights, are facing a combined 26 charges, including ongoing drug supply and participating in a criminal group.

Decresci (from Mount Warrigal), has also been charged with ongoing drug supply and criminal group participation, as has Strafford (from Warilla).

Agdiran, of Horsley, is facing ongoing drug supply charges, while Hood is accused of being part of a criminal group and dealing with crime proceeds.

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