Eighteen people from Adelaide’s northern suburbs are in custody after homes were raided as part of a police operation targeting heroin and meth dealers.
- Police said the total number of counts of drug trafficking exceeded 40
- Cash, a taser and stolen trailers and quad bikes were also seized
- The alleged offenders are from suburbs across Adelaide’s north and north-west
Police searched 24 properties across Adelaide’s north and north-west over the past two days, arresting or reporting 14 men and four women.
The alleged offenders are from suburbs including Paralowie, Pooraka, Mawson Lakes and Salisbury Downs.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Detective Chief Inspector Darren Fielke said the drugs seized amounted to “around 5,500 street deals of heroin” and “around 700” street deals of methamphetamine.
“All the people that have been arrested over the last two days are known to each other — we know that they operate in a syndicate,” Chief Inspector Fielke said.
He said, at this point, police had found there were “no bikie affiliations” within the group of alleged offenders.
Most are facing charges of trafficking heroin or amphetamines, with one Elizabeth Downs man reported for allegedly growing six cannabis plants.
Police have seized more than $38,000 cash and items including a heroin press, two stolen trailers, two stolen quad bikes and a taser.
The individuals range in age from 34 to 50 and include six people from Parafield Gardens.
Police said the total number of counts of drug trafficking exceeded 40, and seized 550 grams of heroin and 70 grams of methamphetamine.
A 38-year-old man from Parafield Gardens was reported for allegedly possessing ammunition and a knife concealed to look like a credit card.
All have been refused bail and will face court today, police said.
Police said the busts were the culmination of an operation which began in July “in response to the trafficking of heroin and methamphetamine in the northern suburbs”.
Chief Inspector Fielke said the operation was ongoing and police were not ruling out more arrests being made.
“There is a number of inquiries that we’re following up as a result of the activity that we have been conducting so it is possible that we will make further arrests and search further properties,” he said.
“We’re anticipating the value of the stolen property at $50,000 so it’s a significant seizure.”
In a separate incident, police arrested a 32-year-old man from the state’s Mid North after discovering about 50 cannabis plants being grown on a rural property, as well as unsecured firearms and a crossbow.
He has been charged with offences including cultivating a commercial quantity of cannabis.