Three people will appear at Lismore court today after being arrested early this morning as part of a drug and firearm operation.
Richmond Local Area command crime manager Insp Cameron Lindsay said police stopped a vehicle near Tugun in Queensland at 1.50am today.
Insp Lindsay said the driver, a 25-year-old, and passengers, a 26-year-old and a 25-year-old, were arrested.
‘During a search of the vehicle, police located and seized an amount of drugs believed to be methylamphetamines (ICE).
‘Police also located an amount of the drugs on the 25-year-old passenger.’
‘Following their arrest, police conducted search warrants at eight homes in and around Lismore and Casino where they located and seized a further amount of drugs, illegal firearms and other items.
‘The three were taken to Tweed Heads police station charged with numerous offences. They will appear at Lismore local court today.
A 25-year-old man has been charged with supply prohibited drug on an ongoing basis, supply indictable quantity of drugs (x16), supply commercial quantity of drugs, conspiracy to supply indictable quantity of drugs, illegal sale of firearms (x7), and direct activities of criminal group.
Another 25-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug on an ongoing basis, supply indictable quantity of drugs (x16), supply commercial quantity of drugs, and participate in a criminal group.
The 26-year-old man was charged with conspiracy to supply indictable quantity of drugs, supply indictable quantity of drugs (x5), and participate in criminal group.
During one of the search warrants at a home in North Lismore, a 38-year-old man was also arrested and he is currently assisting police with inquiries.
Insp Cameron said the arrests were made by detectives from Strike Force Mitla, which was formed to investigate the supply of drugs (ICE) and the illegal sale of firearms in the Casino and Lismore area.