Five arrested in operation targeting ice in Lismore

Police have arrested five people yesterday as part of Strike Force Junor, targeting Ice distribution in Lismore.

In September of 2017 police from Richmond Local Area Command established Strike Force Junor to investigate the supply of Ice within the Lismore precinct.

During the past five months, police have identified several people allegedly involved in the supply of drugs.

Police attached to Strike Force Junor arrested five people as part of their operation earlier this morning in South Lismore.

On Monday, February 5, a 31-year-old man was arrested and charged with two counts of supply of prohibited drug and possess unregistered replica pistol.

He appeared at Lismore Local Court on Tuesday, February 6 and was refused bail to appear at the same court on Tuesday, April 3.

On Wednesday, February 14, officers arrested four people, three men and a woman, as part of their operation in relation to the supply of ice and various other offences.

Police will allege during a search of a property at South Lismore in November 2017, police located and seized methamphetamine, instructions for manufacturing various prohibited drugs, a paintball firearm with ammunition holder, a stun gun, seven cannabis plants, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a turtle.

A 37-year-old man was charged with supplying a prohibited drug, possessing or using a prohibited weapon, possessing an unauthorised firearm, dealing with the proceeds of crime, possessing instructions for manufacture, cultivate prohibited plant, goods in custody, and hinder/resist police.

The man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Thursday (February 15).

A 26-year-old woman was charged with supplying a prohibited drug and intending to pervert the cause of justice.

She appeared at Lismore Local Court on Wednesday and was refused bail to appear at the same court on Tuesday, March 20.

A 34-year-old man was charged with supplying a prohibited drug and participating in criminal group.

A 26-year-old man was charged with three counts of supplying a prohibited drug.

Both these men were granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday 5 March 2018.

Strike Force Junor and Strike Force Fourter continue with their inquiries and operations. Further arrests are anticipated.

Richmond Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Acting Inspector Russell Ewing, said that the operation removed a significant amount of drugs from the area.

‘We will not be changing our focus from targeting drug dealers,’ he said.

‘With the assistance of the community police will continue to target and take action against those who supply prohibited drugs.’

Strike Force Junor continue with their inquiries and operations.

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