Ice and more

Crime Stoppers received information that a male person was driving a vehicle (identified) whilst unlicensed and under the influence of ice, on a regular basis, in the area of Bundabah. Almost one month later, the vehicle from intelligence information was stopped in Bundbah. The male person was identified as the driver, and a search of the vehicle revealed 0.80 gms of Methylamphetamine (‘ice’) with an estimated street value of $480. The male person was confirmed to be unlicensed and was charged with a number of offences.

Assault

A 14 y/o female was indecently assaulted by a male person at a bus stop within the Newcastle area. At the time of the offence the identity of the offender was unknown. The information identified the male person who was subsequently charged with the offence, four days after the offence occurred.

The internet has rules, beware.

January, 2019 two separate contacts were made with Crime Stoppers in relation to a male person making violent/threatening “posts” on Facebook regarding NSW Police. On the same date Police from Ryde have attended the home address of the nominated male where he was subsequently arrested and charged with Use Carriage service to menace/harass/offend.

The accused was given the following bail conditions; Not use or access social media on any electronic device or through a third person. Not contact ‘000’ or other Emergency Services unless in the case of an emergency.

Drug bust!

January 2019 information was received at Crime Stoppers in relation to cannabis being cultivated in the Tweed Heads area.
As a result of this information police from Tweed/Byron Police attended the location on the same date and located 22 cannabis plants.
The estimated value of the seized drug was $44000. The male resident was charged.

Recent significant cases

  • Wollongong PAC – Homicide of female within her Bellambi home – 5 month old baby left at location with deceased mother.
  • Liverpool City PAC – Sexual assault – see attached direct result.
  • Surry Hills – Critical fall from balcony of 20-year-old male.
  • Tweed/Byron/ SCC Homicide Squad – 9-month-old baby located deceased at a Gold Coast beach.

Aggravated Sexual Assault

At 11pm on Sunday 11th of November 2018 a 51 year old female was walking along a walking track in Lighthorse Park, Liverpool. A male person has then approached the 51-year-old female and punched her in the head and face about 15 times. The male person has sexually assaulted the female. The female was able to scream for help at which time the male person has decamped from the area. Assistance was sought from the public in relation to the identity of the male person.

Seven separate contacts to Crime Stoppers were received nominating the same male as the person of interest. It is further outlined in the fact sheet that the male suspect also contacted Crime Stoppers indicating that he was the person of interest in the related media release. As a result of this information the nominated suspect was arrested by Liverpool police on the 24th November, 2018 and charged with ‘Aggravated Sexual Assault’.

Meth lab busted

Information received at Crime Stoppers suggested an address in Galston NSW was making drugs. A search warrant was then requested and granted. A search of the premises found: * 1200L of Methylamphetamine, A custom made 1000 Litre stainless steel chemical reaction vessel capable of being used to produce large amounts of prohibited drugs, Prohibited drug precursors Ephedrine and chloropseudoephedrine, Drug precursor chemicals in iodine, red phosphorus, hydrochloric acid, acetone, caustic soda and other identified and unidentified chemicals, 1.391kg of Cannabis with a total value $ 240 041 730. 1 person was charged with 4 serious drug related offences. Matter is currently pending in court for mention (this was from an arrest in Dec 2016).

Smuggling into Prison

Information was received at Crime Stoppers regarding a female person smuggling contraband into gaols. The female was arrested at Parklea Correctional Centre as a result of smuggling contraband into the centre where she had passed an item to a prisoner whom she was visiting. The female was charged with 1 count of ‘Bring/attempt to bring thing into a place of detention w/o authorisation’. The matter went before Blacktown Local Court where the female was found guilty on the charge. The female was sentenced and received a fine of $1000.

Drug sales and social media

Information was supplied to Crime Stoppers that nominated a POI who was involved in the supply of prohibited drugs. The POI was utilising Australia Post and closed Facebook groups to sell the drugs. The investigation into the activities of the accused and his involvement in the supply of prohibited drugs. The Accused utilises Facebook to advertise the sale of MDMA, cocaine, methylamphetamine and steroids. The Accused advertises the sale of these drugs in large quantities up to kilograms. The Accused directs customers to utilise encrypted messaging application ‘Wickr’ to place orders for prohibited drugs. Numerous controlled operation identified the POI utilising both the mail system and social media platforms to facilitate the supply of prohibited drugs. All three were placed under arrest. Their vehicles were searched, and $240000 cash was located in hidden compartments. Also located in the co-accused car was 630g cocaine. A subsequent search warrant located a further $27,400 in cash, vials, tablets and powder – suspected to be steroids. All three were bail refused.

Protecting our children

In June, 2018 a 12 year old girl was walking to school in the Newcastle area. On route to school she was kidnapped and taken to a nearby park where she was sexually assaulted a number of times by a male person not known to her. These serious sexual assaults were committed upon the young child for many hours prior to her being let go at a nearby train station. Newcastle City conducted a media release asking for community support in relation to the identity of the unknown male offender. As a result of the media release a call was received at Crime Stoppers on the 14th June, identifying a male person and vehicle. On the 16th June this male person was arrested by police and his vehicle seized. He was consequently charged with 11 offences including kidnapping and serious sexual assault offences. After his arrest a further six information reports were created by Crime Stoppers in relation to the accused person and his behaviours/movements.