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Eight people from western and southern parts of NSW have been charged with drug and rural crime offences following investigations which began in May last year.
PolAir raided multiple properties — across about 48,500 hectares (120,000 acres) — in the Murrumbidgee earlier this week, covering Bundure, Kidman Way at Mount Hope, Illawong and Landervale.
Officers found roughly 700 goats believed to be stolen.
Search warrants at properties in Cobar, Hillston and Mount Hope yesterday led to the arrest of eight people.
Four of the properties in Cobar contained methylamphetamine, cannabis plants, cannabis leaf, prescription medication, drug paraphernalia, property suspected of being stolen and liquid believed to be GHB.
At a Hillston property, officers seized methylamphetamine, cannabis, ammunition, and more than $7000 cash.
Four men from Cobar, two men and one woman from Hilston and one man from Mount Hope were each charged with multiple offences.
The 33-year-old man Mount Hope man is believed to be involved in the theft and illegal trade of goats.
Murrumbidgee Police District Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Eugene Stek, said rural crime in New South Wales is a significant issue and has a huge economic impact.
“It’s costing millions – not only in the theft of stock, but through the theft of other farming equipment, fuel and machinery, damaged fences, loss of income and it also introduces biosecurity risks,” Inspector Stek said.
“What police will allege occurred here is that the goats were stolen from several properties and sold illegally.
“Farmers are the backbone of our country; this joint resolution shows that police will come at rural crime and drug offenders from all angles, and deal with them under the full force of the law.”