arrested in drugs raid

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arrested in drugs raid

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 May 14, 2009 06:51pm

POLICE have arrested 18 people in a drugs crackdown at a notorious Sydney housing estate, with most later being charged with heroin offences.

Officers from Strike Force Salkeld, set up in January to investigate drug dealing at the Block in Redfern, have for months being making undercover drug purchases in the area.

Police raided two neighbouring homes on Louis St in the Block at 9am (AEST) on Thursday, arresting 18 people.

The eight females and 10 males, aged between 17 and 45, have since been charged with 26 supply offences, primarily relating to the sale of heroin.

The majority were refused bail to appear in Sydney Central Local Court on Thursday and Friday.

Police say the arrests are part of long-running efforts to tackle drug-related crime on the Block.

"In recent years, we have made significant progress towards ridding this neighbourhood of drugs and the suppliers remain on notice: We won't let up now,'' said Redfern Crime Manager Brad Monk.

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