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Soldier arrested in crackdown on ‘Nimbin Lane Boys’

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So far fourteen people have been charged by police with a range of offences relating to methyl-amphetamines possession, cannabis supply, weapon possession, consorting and other offences.

The arrests follow the formation of Strikeforce Cuppa, which began an investigation in June 2015 into persons suspected of  being members of a group known as the “Nimbin Lane Boys”.

Police believes the Lane Boys are responsible for the ongoing large scale supply of cannabis in the area known as “Rainbow Lane”, a walkway between 62 and 64A Cullen Street, Nimbin.

Police said today that the serving Australian Soldier was arrested and charged with consorting, two counts of supplying a prohibited drug, taking part in the supply of a prohibited drug (cannabis), having face blackened with intent to commit an indictable offence, and participating in a criminal group.

The soldier was granted strict conditional bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court in September.


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  1. The goverment and their henchmen cops are idiots; take away weed from Nimbin, and you’ll kill the town. In case the authorities have forgotten, thats what Nimbins International pull is-weed. And more to the point, there are bigger fish to fry. How can you justify cracking down on weed when we are in the middle of the Ice Age?? When was the last time weed made someone violent and crazy like Ice does? Never. Priorities morons, priorities.

  2. Omg!!! I know the laneboys. They r respectful & nice boys. Y don’t u go & do a real job coppers. I know of some bad shit going down elsewhere, y don’t u focus on that & leave the laneboys b.

  3. I Love that charge, blacken his face so he is charged with intent to commit a crime. Yet these other people are permitted to run around the streets enter shops and banks with faces fully covered in Black material, oh that is right they were not born in Australia or serving for this country. You know I used to be the biggest anti-Cannabis person you could find, Growing up in the 70’s we were fed Government propaganda about Cannabis, how bad it is and the list went on and on. Now in 2016 with information technology we have access to actual data, scientific studies and the truth about cannabis … not just Government propaganda.

    Cannabis should be legalised for personal use, for medical use …. for any person who wishes to utilise this natural herb for themselves. The benefits are amazing, help with pain management, give some form of a normal life for the people suffering, all the different strains available and each one attains different properties. Maybe Politicians need to do some research as to why this once legal herb become illegal.

    I know it is easy to lay blame on the Police, unfortunately they must follow what the law states and until Cannabis become legalised they have no choice but to waste time and resources arresting people. So people remember Two things …. do not blacken your face and do not get caught carrying this natural herb Cannabis until the day arrives when it becomes legal. Yet I still have not tried Cannabis to this day.


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