Lismore MP's son arrested on drug charges
By Brian Bigg
THE son of Lismore MP, Thomas George, has been arrested in Sydney and charged as part of the raids on the Lone Wolves bikie gang.
Brendan George, of Mount Druitt, was arrested yesterday morning by Gangs Squad detectives at Liverpool Police Station and taken to Liverpool Court where he was charged with participating in a criminal group and supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.
Thomas George and other members of the family have flown to Sydney to show support for his 32-year-old son.
Another 30-year-old gang member from Kurrajong was arrested on Wednesday evening and charged with a long list of drug offences.
The charges were laid as a result of ongoing inquiries by Operation Tungarra detectives, who raided premises in Sydney and Lismore on July 19.
Last week's raids followed a 14-month investigation by Operation Tungarra into the alleged involvement of Lone Wolf bikie gang members and associates in the ongoing supply and distribution of amphetamine (speed) and MDMA (ecstasy) in the Northern Rivers area.
The investigation was launched by the Richmond Local Area Command's Drug Unit, assisted by the State Crime Command Gangs' Squad.
Head of the Richmond Area Command, Superintendent Bruce Lyons, said he could understand the anguish Mr George was going through.
"Thomas George is a proud and loving family man," Superintendent Lyons told The Northern Star.
"And while it's easy for police to make big headlines with arrests, it must be remembered that a person charged with an offence is considered innocent until it is proven otherwise."
Mr George released a media statement yesterday afternoon calling for consideration for himself and members of his family.
"This morning my son, Brendan George, was arrested on a drug related charge," the release stated.
"It is not appropriate for me to comment on the details of the case, other than to say my whole family and I love Brendan dearly.
"I ask the media to respect our family's privacy until the matter is resolved.
"I also want to reiterate that as a father and a community leader I have always, and will continue to strongly oppose illegal drugs," Mr George added in the release.
Brendan George appeared in Liverpool Local court yesterday afternoon.
He was refused bail and remanded to appear in court again on October 3.