POLICE have made a number of arrests in relation to supplying prohibited drugs in the Manning area as a result of a special police operation.
In April last year, Manning Great Lakes Police commenced 'Operation Muskrat' to target the supply of prohibited drugs.
Police identified a number of persons supplying methyl amphetamine in the Greater Taree area. These suppliers, a man from Tinonee and a man from Wingham (who have already been charged and bail refused) had associates who would do "drug runs" out of the area for methyl amphetamine.
Police identified a 28-year-old Taree man as one of these couriers. He was arrested on August 1 and has been charged with four supply prohibited drug charges.
He was granted strict conditional bail.
Prior to that, a 48-year-old Taree man was arrested by police from the special operations team.
Police allege the man purchased more than 10kg of cannabis for about $97,600 (based on a per ounce value) between February 2013 and July 2013, from other men in the Taree area, who have already been charged and refused bail.
Police will allege that this man has then sold the cannabis around the community as well as an amount of methyl amphetamine in late June 2013.
The man was charged with supplying greater than an indictable amount of prohibited drugs (cannabis) and also supply prohibited drug (methyl amphetamine). He is currently on strict conditional bail.
As well on July 30 police charged a 41-year-old Taree man with the supply of prohibited drug, dating back to August and September 2012. Police will allege that the man supplied an amount of methyl amphetamine to a person on a number of occasions.
As a result the man was charged with three supply prohibited drug and is to appear at Taree Local Court.