More Naala Moort charges
Carnarvon police have charged two women who they will allege were selling meth for suspected criminal gang Naala Moort and funnelling the proceeds back to the organisation through banks.
Detectives made the arrests after carrying out raids at the women’s homes in the Carnarvon area on Friday.
“We will allege the group brought the drugs up to Carnarvon and they would distribute to those two ladies,” officer-in-charge of Carnarvon Detectives, Detective Sergeant Bruce McDonald said.
“(They) would sell the drugs, and then wash the money back to Naala Moort in Perth through financial institutions.”
Naala Moort’s president and vice-president, who were both charged with drug trafficking offences after police allegedly seized 112 grams of meth during a raid on the group’s Midland club house earlier this month, are also facing dozens of new charges.
A 53-year-old Morgantown woman has been charged with 29 property laundering offences and 112 counts of offering to sell or supply meth following a raid on her Wheelock Way home.
Police will also allege they seized small amounts of meth and cannabis, along with a meth pipe and a bong.
She appeared at Carnarvon Magistrate’s Court on Saturday, where she was refused bail.
A 43-year-old Brockman woman was charged with 20 counts of offering to sell or supply meth and released on bail after officers raided her Richard Street home.
Naala Moort’s 43-year-old president has been charged with a further 49 counts of property laundering since his arrest on February 6.
He is also facing charges of selling or offering to sell a traffickable amount of meth, selling a prohibited drug, and conspiracy to sell or supply a prohibited drug.
The group’s 44-year-old vice-president is facing an additional nine counts of property laundering and four counts of offering to sell or supply a prohibited drug.
He also faces charges of possessing a trafficable amount of meth, selling or offering to sell a trafficable amount of meth, selling a prohibited drug, and conspiracy to sell or supply a prohibited drug.
Speaking earlier this month, Midwest-Gascoyne District Police Superintendent Mike Bell said Naala Moort was a unique organisation “based on Aboriginal heritage” but alleged it had an “identical structure and appearance to an outlaw motorcycle gang.”
Supt Bell said the the group was suspected of dealing drugs in Geraldton, Carnarvon, Karratha and Port Hedland.
The club president and vice president will face Midland Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.
The 44-year-old Morgantown woman will face Carnarvon Magistrate’s Court on March 6.
The 43-year-old Brockman woman will face Joondalup Magistrate’s Court on March 19.
Det. Sgt McDonald said more arrests were likely to follow.
“We are still conducting further investigations into the syndicate and we expect to be preparing more charges against individuals over the next couple of weeks,” he said.
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