Big Drug Bust in Bourke. Five arrested as criminal network is dismantled


Police officers searching Bourke premises alleged to be used for drug dealing. PHOTO NSW Police

Five alleged Bourke drug dealers were arrested last week as a result of police investigations into a local drug supply operation.

In February 2020, detectives from Central North Police District established Strike Force Quarrang to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs in the Bourke area.

Following extensive investigations, strike force officers, assisted by the Central North Police District Proactive Crime Team and the Rural Crime Prevention Team, executed four search warrants at homes throughout Bourke shortly after 8am on Wednesday 8 April 2020.

The operation was also supported by the Western Child Abuse Unit, the Western Regional Enforcement Squad and the Dog Unit.

Officers located and seized cannabis, drug paraphernalia, methylamphetamine and unauthorised prescription drugs at a home on Anson Street, where a 41-year-old woman - Kristy Moore was arrested and taken to Bourke Police Station.

She was charged with various offences, including two counts of possessing prohibited drugs, supplying prohibited drugs, and possession of equipment for administering prohibited drugs.

Kenny Edwards, a 50-year-old man who lives at the Anson Street address was also arrested in Dubbo, taken to Dubbo Police Station and charged with six counts of supplying prohibited drugs, with suppling prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis and with being an owner/occupier knowingly allowing his premises to be used for drug supply.

26-year old Jeremy Thurston was arrested at a home on Meadows Road and taken to Bourke Police Station, where he was charged with five counts of supplying prohibited drugs, with supplying prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis and with being an owner/occupier knowingly allowing his premises to be used for drug supply.

Officers executed another search warrant on Tarcoon Street, locating and seizing cash, an electronic control device and property alleged to have been stolen.

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