Bikies busted in major drug raid
Limestone Coast police have seized chemicals with the potential to make 15,000 amphetamine tablets during a drug raid in Bordertown, arresting a man affiliated with an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG).
A 39-year-old man was arrested for possession of chemicals and manufacturing equipment as a result of on-going drug raids co-ordinated by police in the Bordertown, Keith and Wirrega areas.
The seizure included five litres of Benzaldhide and quantities of 4-Vinylanisole and Methylamine (MDMA).
Limestone Coast Superintendent, Trevor Twilley, says it is one of the largest drug raids in the region for some time.
"It's hard to comprehend 15,000 tablets that could have been distributed around our community and putting our community at risk," he said.
Given the quantity of chemicals seized, police suspect they are controlled precursors for the production of amphetamines.
Local uniform police and Drug and Organised Crime Officers seized the drugs from a property they had raided earlier in the year.
"Whilst there were different people involved, it's frustrating they haven't learnt from their previous apprehensions," said Superintendent Twilley.
A further seven raids were conducted in the Bordertown region and another five people were reported for the possession of controlled substances and equipment used in the consumption/smoking of cannabis.
Police believe the drug raids, which were in townships and outlying small communities, are bikie-related.
"There is some affiliation with OMCG and that's one line of inquiry we're following up," said Superintendent Twilley.
Drugs seized in the raid have been conveyed to Adelaide to be examined by forensics.
The arrested man has been bailed to the Bordertown Magistrates Court on 26 October.
The drug raids are part of a collaborative approach across the Limestone Coast involving Keith, Bordertown and Naracoorte, assisted by the Drug and Organised Crime branch.