Operation Observant Sees Charges Laid

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Illegal drugs

Western Australia Police Force detectives have seized a significant quantity of illegal substances through Operation Observant which targeted the supply of prohibited drugs in licensed venues across Northbridge and Perth.

Twenty-six people aged from 18 to 28 years old have been charged with more than 100 offences. 

Perth District Superintendent Peter Hatch said the alleged use of prohibited substances within venues was unacceptable. 

“Licensed venues are where members of the community go to socialise, particularly young adults.

“To people thinking of attempting this sort of criminal behaviour, if you are involved in dealing drugs within our entertainment precincts, you will be caught and could be subject to punishment,” he said.

Close up of illegal drugs

Approximately $23,000 in cash, 2.8kg of MDMA and 1kg of cannabis was seized, as well as amounts of other drugs and items including:

psylocibin mushrooms
• weapons.

Confiscated weapons
“To licensees, approved managers and venue staff, police will continue to ensure you are performing your functions and providing a safe environment for patrons. ‘Wilful blindness’ to this type of offending in a venue will be scrutinised by police,” Superintendent Hatch said.

If you have information to report, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit the Crime Stoppers WA website.