BUSTED: Cars being searched at a police roadblock during a drug operation on Nimbin Road near Goolmangar.
BUSTED: Cars being searched at a police roadblock during a drug operation on Nimbin Road near Goolmangar. Brenden Allen

Police roadblock used in drug bust

TWO bus-loads of tourists heading out of Nimbin were stopped at a police roadblock and searched for drugs yesterday afternoon as part of a two-day operation.

About 60 per cent of the passengers had drugs on them.

Police launched the operation on Thursday which included a roadside drug testing van between Lismore and Nimbin, drug dogs and patrols of 'high risk locations', including hotels.

“We also did some other operations in town,” Det Sgt Smith said.

Police said 89 people were searched over the two-day operation and 53 were carrying drugs. Of those 24 were cautioned and 12 issued with notices to appear in court.

The haul included cannabis, cannabis leaf, LSD and amphetamines.

Michael Balderstone, from the Nimbin Museum, said tourists could have been caught by the drug van.

“This is the busiest summer I've ever seen here in Nimbin,” he said.

“We've seen a huge growth in hippy tourism this year.”

Mr Balderstone said he 'felt sorry' for the police working at the van.



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