Six arrested in on-going drug operation
A SPECIAL police strike force has arrested six people after a series of drug-related searches in the Northern Rivers.
Strike Force Thermal officers attended a house in Casino at 12.20pm on Thursday where they arrested a man and a woman.
A 49-year-old man was charged with drug supply and given conditional bail to appear before Lismore Local Court on Wednesday, January 25.
A 34-year-old woman was also arrested and charged with numerous offences relating to the manufacture of methamphetamine and knowingly taking part in a criminal organisation.
She was bail refused and appeared before Lismore Local Court on Friday.
Strike Force Thermal was established by Richmond Local Area Command officers six months ago to investigate the manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs in the Casino area.
The latest arrests come after a string of searches executed late last year.
On December 29, police conducted search warrants at houses in Mackenzie Court, Tenterfield and Canterbury Street, Casino.
A clandestine laboratory was discovered among a number of items at the Tenterfield property.
Later that day, a 43-year-old woman and 35-year-old man were arrested in a vehicle on Bruxner Highway, Mummulgum in connection to the investigation.
The pair were subsequently charged with a number of offences relating to drug manufacture and supply.
They were bail refused and will appear at Lismore Local Court on January 9.
Police carried out several search warrants at properties in Casino, Rappville and The Pinnacles about 8am on December 30.
Firearms, cash, drug equipment and chemicals believed to be used in the manufacture of drugs were allegedly located.
A 33-year-old Rappville man was arrested shortly after and charged with possess drug manufacture apparatus and 10 other offences relating to firearms, stolen property and break and enter.
The man was granted conditional bail to appear before Casino Local Court on January 25.
On the evening of December 30, police arrested a 42-year-old man at Mackenzie Court, Tenterfield and charged him with manufacture of a large quantity of a prohibited drug, participated in a criminal group and possessed prohibited drugs.