Police have a field day with MardiGrass arrests, seizures
By JANE GARDNER firstname.lastname@example.org THIS drug haul really took the cake. All 11.5 kilograms of it. The marijuana-based treat (pictured in the background in three separate evidence bags) was part of more than 15kg of drugs seized by local police at roadblocks in and out of Nimbin last weekend. More details on the police activities over MardiGrass weekend, traditionally a time of unabashed law-breaking were released yesterday. The final tally of arrests was at 109, with 62 cannabis cautions issued. A further 50 people were charged for possessing and supplying a prohibited drug. It will be a busy day at the Lismore Local Court on June 4 ? all 50 people charged during the police operation will appear before a magistrate on the same day. Although there were no major injuries, one man was taken to hospital for an 'ice' overdose. Two police were hurt, one requiring possible surgery for his injuries. Other than that, the weekend was injury-free. Superintendent Bruce Lyons, Commander of the Richmond LAC, was pleased with the police results and said those who attended the festival were generally well-behaved. "Our main aim, despite some criticism, was to ensure the safety of the community and those visiting from out of town. We did that," he said. "Nimbin is a unique community and despite the best efforts of police, drug dealing and possession does occur." Last year, the MardiGrass was no so placid. There were lots of fights and one person died from an overdose.