The high-level raids came after a flood of tip-offs and intelligence to local police about drug dealers peddling their illicit trade in local communities.
Police sniffer dogs were called in to search houses and cars where officers believed drugs had been secreted.
Police said the sweep netted a traffickable quantity of methylamphetamines, ecstasy, cannabis and cocaine from a property in Galley Close, Port Kennedy.
There, they also found three handguns and an AK-47 assault rifle, which will be examined by ballistics experts to determine if it is in working order. About $29,000 in cash was also confiscated.
At a house in Curtin Rd, Marangaroo, police seized cannabis, $10,000 in cash, and prohibited weapons including a stun gun, a firearm and knives.
In total, 46 people were charged with 171 drugs, weapons, firearms and stolen property offences.
About 110g of methamphetamines, 1.6kg of cannabis, 52 cannabis plants and 40g of ecstasy (MDMA) was allegedly uncovered in the raids, along with small amounts of heroin and cocaine.
Detective-Sergeant Darren Slyns said Operation Levin was initiated as part of WA Police’s ongoing commitment to remove illicit drugs from suburban streets.
“This operation is about shaking the trees to see what falls,” said Det-Sgt Slyns. “It is about putting the dealers out there on notice.
“Drugs are far too readily available in our community.This is about keeping on top of mid-level drug dealers who are intent on selling their wares in our communities.”
Across Perth, $55,000 cash, believed to be the proceeds of crimes, was also seized, along with another $55,000 in suspected stolen jewellery, two stolen motorcycles, and firearms and weapons.
At a house in Kennedy St, Morley, detectives uncovered 75 rounds of shotgun ammunition, believed to be unlicensed, a baton similar to those used by police, four smoking implements and a small amount of crystal methamphetamine. In addition, four viles of illegal testosterone-based steroids were found.
In Ascot, police uncovered a hydroponic set-up in a backyard shed of a house on The Boardwalk, with four semi-mature cannabis plants inside.
The set-up was forensically examined by expert officers before the plants and hydroponic equipment were seized.
Other hydroponic set-ups were found in Greenfields and Parmelia.
via : The Sunday Times
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