About 30 police officers including drug squad detectives and a sniffer dog handler raided the Palmer's Camp in Basso Road this morning.
They arrested three men in three separate houses and confiscated drugs as well as cash.
The Aboriginal town camp has been under police surveillance for some time and was known by users as "the Maccers Drivethrough".
Police are expected to make a statement with further details soon. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. SEE UPDATES IN "FULL STORY".
A 28-year-old man was arrested yesterday on drug and firearm offences following a search at Charles Creek Camp.
Detective Acting Superintendent Travis Wurst (pictured) says: “This further confirms there is an inextricable link in Alice Springs between cannabis supply and the disposal of stolen property.
“Since the commencement of the Operation on December 1, Operation Thresher officers have already arrested 17 people culminating in the submission of 24 arrest files, predominantly for property offences." (Police media release.)
A meeting to sack several prominent members of the influential native title organisation, Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation, collapsed in turmoil, according to people attending the closed gathering.
The sacking motions were not put, which was a triumph for reformers who are dissatisfied with the CEO, Darryl Pearce.
They are angry about the sidelining of members with high traditional standing, and financial management which they say lacks transparency.
This follows major investments by the corporation in real estate and supermarkets, benefitting from Federal cash injections.
The Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations (ORIC), a Federal instrumentality, came in for vigorous criticism for not intervening resolutely in the protracted row.
The film clip shows native title holders outside the meeting room, and interviews with – in that order – former Lhere Artepe CEO Frank Ansell; Ian Conway, a leading figure in the reform group; and Janice Harris, a seasoned administrator of local Aboriginal organisations.
Lhere Artepe chairman Brian Stirling did not respond to an invitation to comment.
He had early in the meeting rejected a move for a secret ballot, according to a member at the meeting.
FOOTNOTE: With respect to Mr Ansell's comment in the film clip, the Alice Springs News knows Mrs Pearce's mother was an Aboriginal woman.