AG officers discovered an elaborate hydroponic set-up and seized $700,000 worth of cannabis from a rural property in Wardell in June 2011.
AG officers discovered an elaborate hydroponic set-up and seized $700,000 worth of cannabis from a rural property in Wardell in June 2011. Contributed

Officers praised for hard work

A LOCAL detective has praised the commitment and hard work of a team of proactive officers after a successful year arresting armed thieves, uncovering million-dollar drug enterprises and helping victims of crime.

The police Target Action Group (TAG) is a proactive arm of the Richmond Local Area Command and comprises eight constables and one detective sergeant.

In the 12 months up until November 9, the team made 336 arrests.

They laid 37 drug supply, 25 cultivation of cannabis and 85 possession charges.

They also executed 32 raids.

That included a raid at a Wardell property where the occupants were allegedly stealing electricity to power a hydroponic set-up with $700,000 worth of cannabis in it.

TAG also pressed six armed robbery related charges, including charges for the armed hold-up at Summerland Credit Union in Casino.

The alleged offender was arrested in Queensland and TAG officers travelled interstate to interview the man.

He was also charged with robbing the Cash Shop at Tweed Heads only days after the Casino hold-up.

In June, TAG officers arrested an East Lismore male after he allegedly spray-painted "tags" on train carriages in Casino and posted the footage on YouTube.

Detective Sergeant Paul Fredericks from TAG said the team performed A-list duties despite sometimes operating at less than full capacity.

"During the past year I have had the privilege of leading a fine group of extremely motivated police officers," he said.

"During my 28 years of policing at various locations throughout the state, I can attest that I have not previously worked with a group of individuals with such a sustained commitment to the task as the men and women attached to this team."

 



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