$600,000 hole in drug trade

CANNABIS crops with a street value of more than $600,000 have been seized by Richmond police in the past month.

Inspector Bill McKenna said the raids were part of a concerted campaign to target the drug trade.

“We have executed three search warrants with good results, and we will continue to work with information provided by the public and our own intelligence to diminish the drug trade and drug-related crime in the region,” he said.

Nimbin police seized 386 plants with an estimated street value of $486,000 on December 15 after general duties officers spotted plants on a property while there on an unrelated matter.

Kyogle police, in conjunction with the Richmond LAC drug unit, executed a search warrant at a property on the Summerland Way at Kyogle on December 21 and found a number of hydroponically-grown cannabis plants in a shed.

A further search rev- ealed another 42 cannabis plants.

Police also seized an unregistered .22 calibre rifle, a large amount of ammunition, hydroponic equipment, a cross-bow, six arrows and about 530 grams of dried cannabis leaf. A 59-year-old man was arrested and char- ged with drug and fire- arms offences.

The next day Lismore detectives and officers from the Target Action Group and the drug unit raided a Wyan property on Old Lawrence Road, near Rappville, at 1.30am.

They uncovered an elaborate hydroponic set-up in a disused water tank. Police seized 11 plants and 100 grams of dried cannabis.

A 59-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman were charged with offences relating to the cultivation and possession of a prohibited drug.

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