Crime hot spots targeted by police

POLICE from the Richmond Local Area Command have stepped up their pre-Christmas crime reduction campaign.

Operation High Visability has already netted eight offenders for a range of charges including drug and weapon offences.

Extra local police and a drug sniffer dog patrolled high-risk locations at Ballina, Casino, Lismore and Nimbin, inspecting 35 licensed premises and searching 22 people.

Crime manager, Insp Greg Moore, said the four-day operation was part of a larger strategy geared towards reducing crime and minimising issues relating to drug and alcohol abuse over the holiday period.

“There is a traditional spike at this time of the year so we’re getting out on the front foot and dedicating additional resources to the problem,” he said.

“We want people to go out and enjoy themselves over the Christmas period without becoming involved in confrontations and antisocial behaviour.

“Last weekend we targeted licensed premises to make sure licensees are complying with the law and patrons are acting responsibly.”

Two people were issued with cannabis cautions and 15 people were given directions to move on.

Police executed two search warrants and seized almost 5kg of prohibited drugs with a potential street value of $35,000.

Eight people were charged with 14 offences over the course of the operation

A series of similar high-visibility operations will continue across the region in the lead-up to the holiday period and throughout the summer.

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