FIVE ARRESTED IN DRUG SWOOP
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
HEAVILY armed police dressed in fatigues and balaclavas arrested five men in a dramatic drug swoop in the Bunnings carpark at South Lismore.
Gobsmacked shoppers yesterday gathered to watch the arrests of the men, which occurred about 3.30pm less than 50m from the hardware store's main entrance.
No charges had been laid by the time The Northern Star went to press last night; however, Richmond Local Area Commander Supt Bruce Lyons said the men had been linked to the supply of amphetamines.
The police arrived at the scene in unmarked vehicles and handcuffed the men before ordering them to lie on their stomachs next to their dark green Kia sedan.
A number of undercover officers then searched the Kia with the help of a golden retriever, while the masked officers trained their weapons at the men on the ground.
Within 20 minutes, each of the men was taken from the scene separately in police vehicles.
Supt Lyons said the arrests were part of a major police operation targeting drug supply in the Lismore region. He said 20 others had been cautioned or issued with court attendance notices as part of the operation.
"Operations such as these illustrate to the community our commitment to investigate those persons who we believe are dealing in drugs," Supt Lyons said.
"It is important police deploy properly trained staff to meet the risks identified in operations such as these."