Police have arrested and charged two people following raids on five north coast properties on Tuesday.
About 9.30am, officers executed simultaneous search warrants at four properties in Casino and one at Leeville.
At the first Casino property, police allegedly found marijuana, ammunition and ‘items associated with the manufacture of prohibited drugs’.
At the Leeville property, police allegedly found a loaded rifle, ammunition, firearm silencers, prescription medication, amphetamines, marijuana and a hydroponic set-up.
A 37-year-old man was arrested and taken to Casino Police Station where he was charged with marijuana growing, drug manufacture and firearms offences.
He was refused bail and was due to appear in Lismore Local Court yesterday.
At a second Casino property, police allegedly seized marijuana, amphetamines and cash. They also claim to have found a ‘clandestine laboratory’.
A 42-year-old man was arrested and taken to Casino Police Station where he was charged with drug manufacture and possession charges.
He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear before Casino Local Court on 21 December 2012.
At a third Casino property, police seized cannabis. They established a crime scene and specialist officers were called to examine it.
About 3pm, police executed a search warrant at a fourth property in Casino, where they claim to have found ‘an amount of cannabis’.
The operation is continuing and further charges are expected to be laid.