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January 29, 2022

Masked men lead police on chase at Nimbin

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Police say they seized $3,205 cash, three masks and two kilos of cannabis during a raid on Nimbin's Rainbow Lane. Photo NSW Police
Police say they seized $3,205 cash, three masks and two kilos of cannabis during a raid on Nimbin’s Rainbow Lane. Photo NSW Police

Three ‘lane boys’ will face court next month after they were charged with drug supply and disguise offences in Nimbin’s Rainbow Lane on Saturday (January 7).

Police say they were conducting general patrols in Nimbin at about 10.30am , when they spotted three masked males in the laneway.

The group ran from the area, but were pursued on foot by police.

They subsequently stopped and searched the trio, allegedly seizing  $3,205 cash, three masks and two kilos of cannabis.

All three were arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station where they were charged with supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug and disguise face with intent to commit serious indictable offence.

A 27-year-old man and a 34-year-old man were granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday February 6, while a 16-year-old boy was granted conditional bail to appear at a Children’s Court on Friday February 10.


Police publication of the arrests has sparked 75 comments on the Richmond LAC Facebook page – with few of them positive.

Ruben Gonzalez wrote, ‘Meanwhile some kid is having an epileptic fit and needs this stuff.’

Jarrod Costello responded, ‘And people are dying in Agony’ (sic).

Craig Weston argued, ‘meanwhile ice is being made in mobile labs and destroying rural and cities communies EVERWHERE well done’. 

Lindy Hawkins wrote, ‘I am a great supporter of the police and believe that they do a great job but to waste valuable resources arresting cannabis dealers instead of using all their available manpower closing down ice and meth dealers shows that there is something wrong at the command level.’

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  1. It seems totally stupid and out-of-step with current (and ancient) wisdom to be persecuting a useful herb to the extent of millions of dollars and hundreds of Police hours, whereas Ice and other pumped-up speed pharmaceuticals are increasingly made with a high-profit margin and guaranteed custom through addiction.
    Why can’t the Police crack down on this, instead of continuing to persecute a healing herb and its users ?

  2. Doesn’t sound like they “wasted police resources”in this case. Simply a matter of stupid people acting stupid and the police walked past. Hard to feel sorry for the passive agressive so called “Lane boys” most of whom are wanna be gangsters but little more than small minded small town bullies. I’m pro drug law reform but anti idiot.

  3. If Australian authorities had some backbone they would repudiate the US initiated “War on Drugs” and its resultant UN restrictions and legalise Cannabis. There would be no “Lane Boys”, no secrecy, no paranoia and no temptation for corrupt Police agents. And GovCo would be getting a share through Taxation. And no doubt Nimbin would be a much more pleasant place to live near/in and visit. It would definitely be more prosperous.


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