Arrests disrupt major drug network
OPERATION Redmahogany may have disrupted a major drug syndicate in the Lismore-Casino region yesterday, with police arresting four people over the alleged trafficking of amphetamines worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Officers went to a house in Goonellabah at 6.30am, arresting a 44-year-old man, before later returning to the house to arrest the man’s 31-year-old female partner.
The pair were taken to the Lismore police station and charged with drug-related offences, including knowingly taking part in the supply of a prohibited drug.
Officers also attended two homes in Casino, arresting a 32-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman.
They were taken to Casino police station where they, too, were charged with offences, including the supply of a prohibited drug.
Richmond crime manager, Detective Inspector Greg Moore, said drugs allegedly seized had an estimated street value of ‘hundred of thousands of dollars’.
The operation was launched seven months ago and is part of three ongoing operations.
Insp Moore said about 10 officers were involved in the arrests.
“Police have worked very hard on this,” Insp Moore said.
“We do believe there is a correlation between drugs and violent crime, so we believe this will impact on crime in the area.”
Operation Redmahogany is the latest of several investigations into drug trafficking conducted by Richmond Local Command officers.
In June this year drug investigation officers established Strike Force Jill to investigate the commercial supply of cocaine and other prohibited drugs.
In July the operation culminated in the arrest of a 28-year-old Israeli national at a Lennox Head motel.
The man was allegedly in the possession of a large quantity of cash and 458 grams of MDMA, which had an estimated street value of $100,000.
The four arrested yesterday will all appear in the Lismore Local Court later this month.