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‘Drug dealer’ is dragged out of home in his undies and made to sit on the pavement as he’s arrested

Not so tough any more! ‘Drug dealer’ is dragged out of his home in his undies and made to sit on the pavement as he’s arrested

  • Tattooed man arrested for being involved in alleged network of drug dealers 
  • He was walked out of home by police in nothing but handcuffs and underwear
  • It was operating in New South Wales’ north coast down to New England region
  • So far, police have arrested 19 people and seized copious amounts of drugs 

A tattooed man was arrested in his undies after being dragged out of his home by cops busting a drugs ring. 

On Friday, officers from the New England Police District took out dawn raids in Coffs Harbour and Armidale.

They arrested 14 people on Friday morning before taking an additional five into custody in the afternoon.

Among items seized by police there were large amounts of cash, quantities of ecstasy (MDMA), amphetamines (MDA), cocaine, cannabis, steroids, potential cutting tools and prohibited weapons such as knuckledusters.

Several drug dealers in Armidale are believed to have continuously travelled 200 kilometres to Coffs Harbour where they would allegedly purchase the drugs. 

A tattooed man was arrested for being involved in an alleged network of drug dealers and was walked out of his house by police in nothing but handcuffs and underwear

Police busted an elaborate large-scale drug syndicate operating in New South Wales' north coast all the way down to the New England region

Police busted an elaborate large-scale drug syndicate operating in New South Wales’ north coast all the way down to the New England region

In August 2017 the New England Police District established Strike Force Janian to first investigate an ongoing supply of illicit drugs in the Armidale area

In August 2017 the New England Police District established Strike Force Janian to first investigate an ongoing supply of illicit drugs in the Armidale area

 They would then allegedly supply the illicit substances from two homes in Toormina.  

In August 2017 the New England Police District established Strike Force Janian to first investigate an ongoing supply of illicit drugs in the Armidale area.

Nine months later, officers from the Coffs/Clarence Police District formed Strike Force Fable to further investigate and bust the elaborate operation. 

 The investigations were also aided by specialist units including SF Raptor, the Operation Support Group (OSG) and northern Region Enforcement Squads (RES). 

Police arrested a total of 19 people after the 16 month investigation. 

After searching homes and seizing large amounts of money and drugs, one of the men (pictured) was walked out in just his underwear and forced to sit on the sidewalk

After searching homes and seizing large amounts of money and drugs, one of the men (pictured) was walked out in just his underwear and forced to sit on the sidewalk

As police continue to dismantle the alleged major syndicate, 19 people have been arrested after the 16 month investigation

As police continue to dismantle the alleged major syndicate, 19 people have been arrested after the 16 month investigation

Police District Commander of the Coffs/Clarence area Detective Superintendent Steve Clarke praised investigators for their work throughout the 16 months.

‘These officers have put in a lot of effort to catch the alleged drug dealers and put them out of business,’ Det. Supt Clarke said. 

New England Police District Commander Superintendent Scott Tanner said officers worked tirelessly and seamlessly to bust the operation.

Dawn raids were conducted on Friday morning, where authorities arrested 14 people before taking an additional five into custody on Friday afternoon

Dawn raids were conducted on Friday morning, where authorities arrested 14 people before taking an additional five into custody on Friday afternoon

Detectives also searched a storage unit in Coffs Harbour where they found five rifles, two shotguns, a pistol and ammunition (pictured)

Detectives also searched a storage unit in Coffs Harbour where they found five rifles, two shotguns, a pistol and ammunition (pictured)

‘This joint police operation has dealt a body blow to the illegal drug trade in the Coffs Harbour and New England areas and we intend to maintain the pressure on those intent on harming our communities,’ Supt Tanner said. 

A 24-year-old Toormina man believed to be the ringleader of the operation was charged with 23 counts of supply indictable quantity prohibited drug; four counts of supply commercial quantity prohibited drug; three counts of supply large commercial quantity prohibited drug; supply illegal firearm and knowingly direct activities of a criminal group.

Other people involved were charged with supplying large commercial quantity prohibited drug, supplying indictable quantity prohibited drug, supply commercial quantity prohibited drug, supply trafficable quantity prohibited drug, deal with proceeds of crime and knowingly participate in a criminal group. 

A 19-year-old Toormina man was arrested for unlicensed driving after failing a positive roadside drug test.

A 21-year-old man from Armidale was also charged with five counts of aggravated sexual assault on a minor in addition to multiple drug charges.

Among items seized by police there were large amounts of cash, quantities of ecstasy (MDMA), amphetamines (MDA), cocaine, cannabis, steroids, potential cutting tools and prohibited weapons such as knuckledusters

Among items seized by police there were large amounts of cash, quantities of ecstasy (MDMA), amphetamines (MDA), cocaine, cannabis, steroids, potential cutting tools and prohibited weapons such as knuckledusters

New England Police District Commander Superintendent Scott Tanner said officers worked tirelessly and seamlessly to bust the operation

New England Police District Commander Superintendent Scott Tanner said officers worked tirelessly and seamlessly to bust the operation

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