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The annual police raid of marijuana crops in the Tweed has been hampered this year by a lack of available helicopters to spot the plots, police say.

As part of the so-called Cannabis Eradication Program, each year the police air wing conducts aerial surveys to direct squads on the ground to locate, seize and destroy the naturally ocurring plant.

Last year police allegedly seized 1,365 pot plants during the campaign in the Tweed.

But this March, when the operation usually takes place, the helicopters were actually required for a useful purpose, helping people in flood-stricken areas of NSW.

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  1. It’s to be hoped that priorities prevail and the ‘dope choppers’ get back in the sky. This whole north coast has a bad reputation and getting worse regularly, with all drugs being freely available and thuggery commonplace.

  2. Whoever wrote this article put it best, ‘actually required for a USEFUL purpose.’ Police should stop wasting expensive and valueable resourses trying to nab a few old hippies; as I’m sure we would all agree, there are far more pressing issues at hand. For instance; alcohol fuelled violence in the Northern Rivers is at a discusting high, with the frequency and severity of attacks getting worse everyday. When was the last time any of you heard of Marajuana related domestic violence? Or Marajuana fuelled violence? Get real. The only thing you’ll get out of that is an increase in fast food and video sales.
    Police need to stop trying to go for the glory shot, and actually do some real work in the areas that will make a difference to our community. What about your recent article on the violence in Jonson St, Byron Bay? Why dont the Police start there? Now that would make a difference. OR, use the extra Police it takes to man the choppers, and get a full time staff on for areas like Murwillumbah etc?
    Everyone knows the drugs and drink responsible for the horrible actions of a few…and it aint pot!

  3. I find this an excellent bit of news that the chopper existed and it could do some good as I think there are many fields where ‘priorities’ in law and resources are seriously wasted! I remember when my son was going to school and an old man tried to pick him up so I made sure he never had the opportunity again. Unfortunately even after I had reported this to police they were still booking parents for double parking outside the school to pick their children up! I was shocked and appalled at this procedure after knowing that some horrible old man was out there trying to pick up school boys for who only knows.


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