A tip-off has led police to a huge haul of drugs, weapons and cash at three properties just over the border.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad executed a search warrant at a rural property at Uki, about 45km south-west of Tweed Heads, about 9.30am yesterday.
During the search, officers allegedly discovered around 4000 MDMA pills, 12 hydroponic cannabis plants, two rifles, three pistols, firearm parts and ammunition, a crossbow, and a large safe.
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A 36-year-old man was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.
He has since been charged with cultivate prohibited plant – small quantity, cultivate prohibited plant – indictable quantity, supply prohibited drug – large commercial quantity, manufacture prohibited firearm without licence/permit, possess more than three unregistered firearms, one is prohibited/pistol, and two counts of possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit.
During the search of a second property, officers allegedly uncovered a large hydroponic cannabis cultivation setup concealed under the house and seized more than 300 cannabis plants and more than $15,000 cash.
A 29-year-old man was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station, where he was charged with cultivate prohibited plant – large commercial quantity, enhanced indoor cultivate – large commercial quantity – expose child, and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.
Both men were refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today.
Meanwhile, a third property was also searched, with officers allegedly locating and seizing one kilogram of cannabis, a rifle, ammunition, and more than $50,000 cash.
Investigations are ongoing.