ACT Policing has seized 1.1 kilograms of cannabis, 10 cannabis plants, a home-made Taser, a machete and two cans of capsicum spray during a search warrant in Richardson yesterday (21 October).
About 9.10am, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Drugs and Organised Crime Team, with the assistance of local Tuggeranong patrol members, executed the Drugs of Dependence Act (DODA) warrant after receiving information from the public that the occupant was involved in drug dealing.
The street value of the seized cannabis is estimated to be $20,000.
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The occupant of the premises, a 52-year-old woman, will be summonsed to appear in ACT Magistrates Court at a later date. She will be charged with multiple drug and weapons related offences.
Detective Sergeant Shane Scott said information from the public was critical in the success of this investigation.
“This incident demonstrates how important an anonymous phone call to Crime Stoppers can be. It’s particularly pleasing as we are in the middle of our illicit drugs campaign”, Detective Sergeant Scott said.
“The seizure of these weapons also shows drug dealing is not an isolated criminal issue. By targeting drug dealers, we’re also hoping to prevent the commission of other, more violent offences. These weapons in the wrong hands could have tragic results”.
“Due to the nature of illicit drug dealing, people involved often have weapons to protect their business. As a result, we often see violent offences linked to illicit drug dealing”.
ACT Policing is urging anyone who suspects drug dealing is occurring in their neighbourhood to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.act.crimestoppers.com.au
For more information on illicit drugs go to the ACT Policing website at www.police.act.gov.au.