CRACKDOWN: Meth busts in Roma, almost 30 locals charged

Dozens of Roma locals have been netted in a major meth crackdown after 36 homes were raided across the region and dangerous drugs were seized in a blow to the southwest black market.

Between October, 2020 and January this year, Roma officers and detectives have targeted drug related activity in the area in a co-ordinated effort to disrupt the supply and use of dangerous drugs in Roma.

Officer in Charge of the Roma police station Duane Frank said during the three month period, officers executed 36 drug search warrants, charging 28 people with 61 offences.

“The alleged offenders are from Roma, Mitchell and Wandoan areas,” senior sergeant Frank said.

“Police acted on various types of information, coming from their own investigations, as well as information from the community.”

A 54-year-old Roma woman was charged with allegedly possessing eight grams of methamphetamine.

A 29-year-old man and 21-year-old woman known to each other, both from Roma, were also charged with allegedly possessing 24 grams of methamphetamine.

A 28-year-old Roma man has been charged with three counts of allegedly supplying methemphetamine.

Further, a 16-year-old boy was dealt with under the Youth Justice Act for allegedly possessing dangerous drugs and drug utensils and a 27-year-old Roma man was charged with allegedly possessing drug utensils and weapons – insecure storage of firearms and failing to unload firearms when not used.

Officers charged another man and woman for allegedly failing to properly dispose of a needle/syringe, possessing drug utensils, possessing cannabis, including cannabis seeds.

Roma’s top cop said as long as people were using and dealing dangerous drugs, his team of officers will make offenders accountable.

“Roma police have a zero tolerance approach to drug crime,” he said.

“Unfortunately, we do have drug related crimes in Roma, people will continue to use drugs and there will be those people who continue to supply dangerous drugs.

“Police want to work with the community to respond to these issues and bring offenders to account.

“Drug investigations do at times also rely on community information, as well as police processes to identify and target offenders.

“Uniformed police and detectives will continue to crack down on drug related offences in town.”

Senior sergeant Frank said it’s about the police and community working together and identifying people who do the wrong thing.

“Information from the community is valuable and police would like to remind locals that if something seems or looks odd, to call Roma Police directly on 4622 9333 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” he said.

“Then police will make a decision whether to follow up – police needs facts and evidence, but local police will act and do take these offences very seriously.

“This sends a clear message this behaviour will not be tolerated.”

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