Lismore men arrested in major drug bust near Coffs Harbour

TWO Lismore man were among the 19 people arrested in a huge drug bust during an unauthorised rave party near Coffs Harbour on the weekend.

Police seized drugs with an estimated potential street value of more than $30,000 at the unauthorised 24-hour event, Frosty FrapTangle, on Saturday, at a rural property at Upper Orara.

Operation Borasca saw officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command, Operations Support Group, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Dog Unit, plus representatives from Coffs Harbour City Council come together to conduct the drug bust.

During the operation, police, including drug-detection dogs, conducted 253 vehicle searches, including random breath tests, and located 41 vehicles containing drugs.

Officers arrested 19 people and charged them with 34 drug-related offences and a further 25 people were issued cannabis cautions.

A 21-year-old Lismore man was charged with three counts of drug supply and deal with proceeds of crime.

Another 21-year-old Lismore man was charged with drug supply and two counts of drug possession.

The men have been granted strict conditional bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday 21 July 2014.

Officers located and seized cannabis, cocaine, speed, ecstasy (MDMA) and LSD, with an estimated potential street value of $34,000.

In addition, officers conducted a further 38 random breath tests and issued 21 Traffic Infringement Notices.

Acting Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Acting Inspector Peter O'Reilly, said police would not tolerate unauthorised events and illegal activity.

"Police have been working closely with the council to prevent unauthorised dance parties from taking place in our community," Det A/Insp O'Reilly said.

"We are happy to provide support to event organisers to hold exciting events on the Coffs Coast, provided they seek appropriate approvals and their activities do not put our community at risk.

"Across NSW, police continually remind people that prohibited drugs are not only illegal, but also highly dangerous and potentially life-threatening, yet some people refuse to heed our warnings.

"We have received reports that a young woman was taken to hospital during the event for treatment for a suspected drug overdose.

"People need to remember that police aren't here to spoil anyone's fun, our job is to minimise harm and keep our community safe," Det A/Insp O'Reilly said.



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