NR drug operation shut down

A CLANDESTINE drug manufacturing operation on the Northern Rivers has been shut down in a multi-agency sting this week.

Codenamed Redmahogany, the ongoing investigation snared three people who were arrested and charged.

Police executed warrants in a series of raids over three nights at Alstonville, Modanville and Rosebank this week, seizing precursor chemicals and equipment for the production of methamphetamine.

Police also discovered more than two kilograms of cannabis.

Due to the dangerous and volatile nature of the chemicals used in clandestine drug manufacturing laboratories, the NSW Fire Brigade’s HAZMAT unit assisted police.

Richmond Local Area Command detectives are conducting the investigation with assistance from the chemical operations unit of the State Crime Command’s Drug Squad.

Nearly 20 police officers and other emergency service officers were involved in this week’s operations.

Other agencies involved included the State Protection Unit, the State Protection Support Group and the Drug Dog Unit.

A 51-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man were arrested at Alstonville on Wednesday and charged with conspiracy to manufacture a prohibited drug and other drug offences.

They were refused bail and remanded to appear in Lismore Local Court next month.

On Thursday officers executed a warrant at a Modanville residence seizing illicit drug manufacturing equipment and other evidence.

A further warrant was executed at Rosebank just before dawn yesterday where a 48-year-old resident was arrested in relation to the cultivation, supply and possession of prohibited drugs. He has yet to face court.

More arrests are expected in the near future.

Police have issued a warning to the public about the serious dangers associated with illicit drug manufacturing and have encouraged anyone with information on clandestine drug laboratories to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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