Police have laid charges against two people arrested today in Grafton who are alleged to be part of a significant drug distribution network.

In July this year, police from the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command formed Strike Force Welham to investigate the supply of amphetamine (Speed), cocaine and MDMA (Ecstasy) in the Clarence Valley on the state’s north coast.

Inquiries by strike force detectives led to a joint investigation with the Lake Macquarie Local Area Command.

A man, aged 22, and a woman, aged 25, were arrested at separate addresses in Grafton today.

They were taken to the Grafton Police Station where they were subsequently charged with five counts each of supply prohibited drug.

Both were bailed to appear before the Grafton Local Court on 25 January, 2010.

Investigations are continuing.

The Grafton charges follow the arrest of a 24-year-old man at Newcastle today.

He was taken to the Belmont Police Station where he was charged with six counts of supply prohibited drugs and two counts of possess prohibited drug.

He was refused bail and ordered to appear today before the Newcastle Local Court.

A 29-year-old man from Newcastle was arrested and charged with one count of supply an indictable quantity of prohibited drug.

He was refused bail and ordered to appear today before Newcastle Local Court.

Anyone with information about the matter is urged to contact either the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command on (02) 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.