Man charged after allegedly supplying ‘ice’ at a barber shop – Newcastle

Two men have been charged over the alleged supply of prohibited drugs in Newcastle.

In January 2021, officers attached to the Hunter Region Enforcement Squad commenced Strike Force Wrack to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs – mainly methylamphetamine – from a barber shop in Kotara.

Following extensive inquiries, police attended a store in Kotara about 4.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 17 March 2021), and arrested a 38-year-old man.

A crime scene was established and officers located $5,000 cash within a drawer inside the store.

Police also stopped a 51-year-old man nearby where he was searched and officers allegedly located methylamphetamine.

Officers later executed a search warrant at a unit on Newcastle Beach where they located and seized methylamphetamine.

Both men were taken to Newcastle Police Station, where the younger man was charged with supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis, supply commercial quantity prohibited drug and deal with the proceeds of crime, while the older man was charged with supply indictable quantity and supply commercial quantity prohibited drug.

They were both refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Thursday 18 March 2021).

As inquiries continue, police executed another search warrant at a Blue Haven property today, where officers seized cannabis, steroids and cash.

Investigations under Strike Force Wrack are ongoing.