In just two nights, officers in the Hunter Valley charged eight people with various offences.

Part of Operation Northern Engage, officers focused their attention on repeat offenders and targeting crime trends in the region.

The two day operation was conducted in Cessnock, Singleton and Lake Macquarie.

Some of the arrests included:

  • A 28-year-old unlicensed woman was subjected to a roadside drug test which returned a positive result. She was taken to Cessnock Police Station to conduct a secondary test.
  • A 17-year-old girl and 20-year-old man were stopped by police in Speers Point where police allegedly located methylamphetamine inside their vehicle. It’s further alleged the teenage girl was unlicensed. The man was issued an infringement notice for driving offences while the teenage girl was issued with a youth caution.
  • A 33-year-old man was arrested in relation to contravene AVO, assault (Domestic Violence) and drive vehicle whilst disqualified. He will face Cessnock Court next month.
  • A 29-year-old man was charged with supply and possess prohibited drug. He will face Maitland Local Court in July.
  • A 17-year-old man was found in possession of an amount of cannabis, MDMA and a knife in Heddon Greta. He will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.

Northern Region Operations Manager, Detective Superintendent Wayne Humphrey APM, said high-visibility policing will continue.

“Policing has certainly looked different in the past few months, but officers across the Hunter have continued their daily duties – targeting repeat offenders and keeping crime rates down.