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Appeal to find missing woman – Tamworth

Saturday, 04 September 2021 03:37:18 PM
Police are appealing for assistance to find a woman missing from Tamworth.
Mona Haines, aged 41, was last seen on the Oxley Highway at Carroll, 20 kilometres east of Gunnedah, between 3-4pm on Friday 27 August 2021.
Officers from Oxley Police District were notified by Mona’s family about 2.50pm yesterday (Friday 3 September 2021) and commenced an investigation into her whereabouts.
Police have concerns for Mona’s welfare due to a medical condition. It is also out of character for Mona to be away from her family for this length of time.
Mona is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, about 160cm tall, thin build, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.
It is not known what she was wearing at the time.
Anyone who has seen Mona, or has information on her whereabouts, is urged to contact Oxley Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


Girl dies after single vehicle crash – Rankin Springs

Saturday, 04 September 2021 01:13:47 PM
A girl has died following a single vehicle crash in the Riverina Region this morning.
About 8.20am today (Saturday 4 September 2021), emergency services attended Mid Western Highway, Rankin Springs, about 65km north of Griffith, following reports a Ford Transit van travelling east had crossed to the other side of the road and crashed into a tree.
The passenger – a 11-year-old girl – was freed from the vehicle by witnesses and administered CPR, however she died at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle – a 51-year-old woman – was uninjured. She was taken to hospital for mandatory testing.
Officers attached to Murrumbidgee Police District established a crime scene, which will be examined by specialist police from the Crash Investigation Unit.
The Mid Western Highway remains closed in both directions about 2km east of Rankin Springs with traffic diversions in place. Check www.livetraffic.com prior to travelling.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


Sydney man nabbed over Australia’s largest heroin seizure in almost two decades

Saturday, 04 September 2021 10:46:36 AM
An Australian Federal Police-led operation has resulted in the arrest of a 29-year-old Sydney man yesterday (3 September 2021), charged in connection to Australia’s largest heroin seizure in almost two decades.
The man will face Parramatta Bail Court today (4 September 2021) following the record detection on 23 December 2020 of almost 350 kg of heroin, which has an estimated potential street value of about $156 million and equates to more than 1.1 million street deals.
The investigation into the importation of the illicit narcotics, which was found by Australian Border Force officers in a consignment of machinery, resulted in AFP and ABF officers, with assistance from NSW Police Force’s Raptor Squad investigators, executing search warrants at six Sydney properties yesterday (Friday 3 September 2021).
The 29-year-old man was arrested at his home in the north Hornsby suburb of Mount Colah and charged with attempting to possess a commercial quantity of unlawfully imported border-controlled drugs, contrary to section 307.5 of the Criminal Code (Cth). The maximum penalty for this offence is life imprisonment.
Search warrants were executed at three other residential addresses in Miller, Baulkham Hills, and Kings Park and two business premises in Hornsby yesterday.
The investigation was launched in December 2020 after ABF officers in Sydney found the heroin concealed inside a consignment of vertical mixers that arrived via air cargo from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
AFP investigators removed the illicit drugs, weighing 347.9kg, and with assistance from ABF, delivered them to the destined address – a storage facility in Hornsby.
Police will allege in court that in February, the 29-year-old Mount Colah man collected the consignment of machinery and attempted to access the drugs.
Police spent the ensuing months conducting further enquiries to identify people and locations of interest and continued gathering evidence to support a prosecution.
These enquiries resulted in yesterday’s operational activity, with police seizing mobile handsets, knives, handcuffs and a small amount of testosterone.
The investigation into the criminal syndicate responsible for this importation and its potential distribution in Australia remains ongoing.
AFP Detective Acting Superintendent Morgen Blunden said this is the largest seizure of heroin in Australia in almost two decades and if these drugs had not been intercepted, the impact on the community would have been devastating.
“Illicit drug use causes a significant burden to the Australian economy, through crime, loss of productivity, emergency treatment and increased health care costs,” Detective Acting Superintendent Blunden said.
“Sadly heroin causes many deaths and this seizure has protected our community from harm. We will continue to work closely with our partners to prevent this harm from occurring.
“This is why our partnerships with state and Commonwealth agencies are so important to staying on the front foot when it comes to targeting transnational criminal syndicates and preventing illicit drugs from harming more Australians.”
ABF Acting Superintendent Enforcement Operations East Anthony Wheatley says these criminals clearly thought Christmas would be a good time to try to smuggle drugs into Australia, but this detection shows they were wrong.
“Our dedicated officers and investigators work 365 days a year to ensure dangerous drugs like heroin don’t end up on our streets, destroying lives,” Acting Superintendent Wheatley said.
“By working with our law enforcement partners, we’ve been able to make the biggest heroin detection in 20 years.
“This operation shows that no matter how much time has passed since an initial detection was made, those responsible will be found and prosecuted.”
NSW Police Raptor Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Jason Weinstein, said the joint agency investigation once again highlighted the success of law enforcement agencies sharing intelligence.
“The effects of heroin and illicit drugs have a devastating impact on our communities and the size of this seizure cannot be understated,” Det Supt Weinstein said.
“Make no mistake, lives have been saved as a result of this operation and police both state and federal will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to those bringing harm on others by importing illicit drugs.
“I encourage everyone to report suspected criminal activity to police,” Det Supt Weinstein said.

Man charged with historical sex offences – Wagga Wagga

Friday, 03 September 2021 08:38:05 AM
A man has been charged following an investigation into alleged historical sexual abuse in the state’s Riverina region, more than three decades ago.
In July 2021, detectives from Riverina Police District commenced an investigation after reports three male students, then aged between 14 and 16, were allegedly sexually abused by a teacher at a school in Wagga Wagga, between 1984 and 1990.
Following inquiries, officers attended a home on McMaster Avenue, Lavington yesterday (Thursday 2 September 2021), and spoke with a 74-year-old man.
He was arrested and taken to Albury Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of sexual assault – assault and indecent act, and seven counts of sexual assault – indecent assault person under 16 under authority.
The Lavington man was granted conditional bail to appear in Albury Local Court on Monday 20 September 2021

Source: https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news

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