City drug drama
By ZOE SATHERLEY
A WOMAN and a child were lucky not to be injured or taken hostage after a dramatic $30,000 amphetamine pills drug bust in Lismore on the weekend.
A young police constable came to their rescue and used capsicum spray to overpower a man allegedly trying to get into their four-wheel-drive as they sat in the Rous Road Shopping Centre car park at Goonellabah.
The 29-year-old Grafton man had earlier tried to force his way into a local residence, but the resident pushed him away.
Insp Dave Larkin said police approached the man about 3.45pm on Saturday in Rous Road after responding to a call from the resident.
When police approached the man, he walked away, allegedly leaving behind a cooler bag.
The bag contained tablets believed to be amphetamines with an estimated street value of $30,000, as well as other items.
Lismore police officers quickly searched the area and a constable located the suspect.
A chase ensued, during which the suspect allegedly tried to force entry into the four-wheeldrive vehicle occupied by the woman and child.
Police used capsicum spray in the arrest before taking the man to the Lismore police station.
He was charged with supplying a prohibited drug in a commercial quantity, possessing a prohibited drug and a number of serious prior matters.
He was refused bail at the Lismore Bail Court yesterday.
The man is due to appear in the Grafton Local Court today.