Local men swept up in drug raids

THREE Shoalhaven men were charged during last Friday’s drug operation that spanned both the Shoalhaven and Lake Illawarra Local Area Commands.

Police arrested four men during a series of simultaneous raids at Sanctuary Point, Vincentia, Sussex Inlet, Port Kembla and Yallah last Friday evening, which netted 714 grams or between $140,000 to $150,000 worth of crystal meth or ice as it is commonly known.

Graeme Anthony McGilvray, 26, of Waldergrave Crescent, Vincentia was refused bail when he appeared in Nowra Local Court on Monday via video link.

He was charged with seven counts of supply a prohibited drug of an indictable quantity (not cannabis), supply prohibited drug commercial quantity and with supply prohibited drug on an ongoing basis.

McGilvray did not apply for bail which was formally refused by Magistrate Dr Gabriel Fleming.

In evidence before the court police allege McGilvray provided prohibited drugs on a number of occasions between May 2013 and February this year.

Police allege McGilvray provided varying amounts of the drug crystal methamphetamine at a number of locations including Vincentia, Hungry Jack’s at Yallah, KFC South Nowra and at McDonald’s in Parramatta.

Court papers revealed the amounts of drugs supplied range from .5 of a gram up to 85 grams.

McGilvray will reappear in Nowra Local Court on February 18.

Detectives, under Strike Force Gruner, had been conducting an ongoing covert investigation into the supply of illicit drugs, mainly crystal methamphetamine, throughout the Shoalhaven Local Area Command.

Three co-accused, Daniel Wayne Turner, 31, of Kirkham Way, Sanctuary Point, Mitchell Francesco Franco, 29, of Mountain Street, Sanctuary Point and Anthony Bojlevski, 35, of Condon Place, Yallah also appeared in Wollongong Court on Monday.

Turner was charged with 10 offences, including two counts of supply prohibited drug greater or equal to a commercial quantity, supply prohibited drug on an ongoing basis, five counts of supply a prohibited drug of an indictable quantity and two counts of supply a prohibited drug.

Franco and Bojlevski were both charged with supply a prohibited drug greater or equal to a commercial quantity.

Turner and Franco applied for bail, but were refused, while Bojlevski was granted bail.

All three will be back in Wollongong Court on April 9.

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