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June 18, 2010 - 5:59PM
Police hope to have slowed the flow of drugs on the NSW central coast after smashing an alleged methamphetamine ring, seizing 700 pills and cannabis.
Seven men are expected to be charged with a range of drug-related offences, including an alleged member of the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang.
"Ongoing investigations have resulted in the seizure of large quantities of drugs destined for the streets," said Detective Inspector David Waddell, crime manager at Lake Macquarie Local Area Command.
"We believe will have a major impact on the supply of methamphetamine within the region."
Homes in Argenton, Fennell Bay, Blackalls Park, Warners Bay, Rathmines and Booragul were raided about 8am (AEST) on Friday.
Police allegedly seized cash, about seven kilograms of cannabis and more than 700 pills and equipment for a drug lab.
People were taken into custody from each of the houses, and from the two homes searched in Booragul, one of which allegedly had a sophisticated hydroponic cannabis set-up.
Officers expect to lay up to 50 charges, including the supply of large commercial quantities of drugs, and supply of a commercial quantity of drugs.
Lake Macquarie police formed Strike Force Chaton to investigate the manufacture and supply of large quantities of cannabis and methamphetamines in the area in November 2009.
So far, police have seized more than one kilogram of methyl amphetamine in both pill and powder form with a street value of more than $200,000.
They have not ruled out further arrests.
"Police are warning anyone dealing in the supply of illicit substances that we are watching them," Insp Waddell said in a statement.
Police later said that a 43-year-old Booragul man had been charged with seven offences, including one count of cultivate prohibited plant and two counts of supply prohibited drug.
A 23-year-old Fennel Bay man was charged with two counts of supply prohibited drug.
Both men were refused bail to appear at Toronto Local Court on Friday.
A 21-year-old Argenton man was charged with a total of 23 offences, including supply large commercial quantity of drug and three counts of supply commercial quantity of prohibited drug.
He will appear at Newcastle Local Court on June 19.
A 20-year-old Rathmines man was charged with five drug offences and refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Saturday.
A 21-year-old Warners Bay man was charged with 11 offences including two counts of supply commercial quantity of prohibited drug and seven counts of supply indictable quantity of prohibited drug.
He has been refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Saturday.
A 24-year-old Booragul man was charged with cultivating a prohibited plant. He was granted strict conditional bail and will front court at a later date.