Seven arrested in Byron Bay drugs crackdown

Police have charged seven men after an operation targeting the alleged supply of cocaine in the Byron Bay area.

A strike force was established in October last year to investigate drug supply in Byron Bay, Bangalow, and Mullumbimby.

Officers raided four properties late last month including a business in Byron Bay as well as homes in Byron Bay, Bangalow and Mullumbimby.


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Around 340 grams of cocaine was seized in the raids along with more than $25,000 in cash.

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Three men were arrested at the Bangalow property with one of the men hit with 17 charges including supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis and supply indictable quantity prohibited drug.

The other two are facing supply charges.

A further three men were arrested at the Mullumbimby property.

A 32-year-old was charged with 16 offences including supply commercial quantity prohibited drug and participate in a criminal group.

A 44-year-old man was charged with 10 offences including supply commercial quantity prohibited drug and knowingly direct activities of criminal group.

A second 44-year-old man was charged with supply indictable quantity prohibited drug and participate in a criminal group.

Police also arrested a 26-year-old man as part of the operation and charged him with three offences, including intend as instrument of crime, money/property, possess prohibited drug and possess/attempt to prescribed restricted substance.

PHOTO | NSW Police

Detective Acting Superintendent Greg Thomas says they will continue to work to get illicit drugs off the streets of Byron.

“The Far North Coast is continually becoming increasingly popular with domestic tourists, and it is our job to ensure locals and visitors feel safe in our holiday towns,” Det Acting Superintendent Thomas said.

“These arrests continue to disrupt the supply chain of cocaine and other illicit substances to the Far North Coast community, and we will continue to put those who wish to introduce harmful substances before the courts.

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Nimbin next?

thats for weed not coke