Strike force charge 15
Fifteen people were charged after Monday's Strike Force Evesson operation involving 341 police. There were 22 search warrants executed at many properties in the south-west. Over the course of the warrants, police seized three replica pistols, a stun-gun, a pill press, more than 19g of cocaine, more than 8kg of cannabis, 130 vials of steroids, a luxury sports car, four jet-skis and a boat. Police also seized two bullet-proof vests, a canister spray, batons, and equipment believed to be used to make prohibited drugs. The 15 people charged came from Smithfield, Bonnyrigg, Canley Vale, Fairfield and other suburbs. They were charged with various offences, including supplying prohibited drug, possessing a prohibited drug and participating in a criminal group.
Staff pursued store thief
A 33-year-old Cabramatta man was at a supermarket in Cabramatta about 4.50pm last Thursday when a Loss Prevention Officer saw him allegedly fill a bag with cosmetics, then walk through a closed register and out the door without paying for the items. A staff member approached him but he walked away. Police were called as staff continued to follow the man. Police later found the man in Hill Street. He was stopped but allegedly tried to kick and elbow police, so he was restrained and handcuffed. He was taken to Cabramatta police station and charged with larceny, assault police and resist police. He will appear in Liverpool Local Court on November 6.
Drug possession suspect
Police were patrolling Longfield Street, Cabramatta, about 9.50am last Friday when they saw a 20-year-old man walking on the footpath. They followed him and stopped him before searching him and allegedly finding cannabis. The man was given a Field Court Attendance Notice for possessing a prohibited drug, and will appear in Liverpool Local Court on November 6.