Two arrested following man’s death, drug raid

OFFICERS investigating the death of a man at Lismore Base Hospital while in police custody have charged two men following a raid at Alstonvale yesterday.

Following inquiries by officers attached to Coffs/Clarence and Richmond Local Area Commands and Richmond Drug Unit, about 4.55pm Thursday, police executed a search warrant at a home on Wenga Drive, Alstonvale.

Police will allege that during the search cannabis seeds, MDMA powder, illicit mushrooms, cash and 1.15kg of cannabis, with an estimated street value of $25,375, were located and seized.

A 24-year-old man was arrested after he was also searched at the home and cannabis was allegedly located.

He has been charged with supply prohibited drug and possess prohibited drug and granted conditional bail, to appear at to appear at Lismore Local Court on March 14.

Further inquiries led police to arrest a 23-year-man at a bar in Byron Bay about 5.40pm yesterday.

He was taken to Byron Bay Police Station, where he was charged with commercial supply of a prohibited drug and supply of a prohibited drug.

The man has been refused bail, to appear at Byron Bay Local Court today.

It will be alleged the 23-year-old man supplied prohibited drugs to a second 23-year-old man, who died in Lismore Hospital on Monday January 18.

However, the cause of that man's death is still unknown.

A critical incident investigation is underway to investigate the man's death, and Strike Force Quench has been formed as inquiries continue.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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