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Six drug local busts have occurred in the past three weeks. Police say so-called ‘drug labs’ were discovered after the ‘dob in a druggie’ campaign. Labs were also found in Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads South, Numinbah, Piggabeen and Banora Point.

In the biggest haul of them all, police have confirmed the arrest of a 48-year-old Ewingsdale man for the hydroponic cultivation of marijuana in his Bay Vista home.

Around 70 plants were seized, some of which were up to one metre tall, inspector Darren Steele said.

Police estimate the value of the crop at $135,000, a valuation considered by many hemp advocates as too excessive since every plant is a finable offence, no matter how immature.

The man will face Byron Bay court on 24 May, charged with cultivating prohibited plants and possession of a prohibited substance.


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