SEVEN people have been arrested following a major police operation in a small village near Byron Bay.
Officers walked the streets of Nimbin with a drug detection dog on Tuesday and allegedly caught seven people with drugs, including cannabis and crystal meth.
The lush hinterland town nestled 70 kilometres inland of Byron Bay is internationally celebrated for its cannabis culture and is often referred to as the “Amsterdam of Australia”.
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Police said officers took to the streets with a drug detection dog on Tuesday and walked through the town’s CBD for four hours.
A 27-year-old man who was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine and cannabis allegedly lashed out at police as they tried to detain him.
He was eventually arrested and charged with possessing dangerous drugs, assault and resist police.
The man was released on conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on May 28.
The two officers sustained minor bruising during the arrest.
Six other people were allegedly caught with drugs, while another 24 people were searched and seven move on directions were issued.
Police say they plan on carrying out similar operations in and around Nimbin in the future.
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