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Police claim to have seized up to seven kilograms of MDMA tablets, firearms and gold bullion during a raid at Tuckombil over the weekend.

Two men have been charged following the raids into what police have described as the ‘top end’ of the drug supply chain.

Strike Force Deveril was established to investigate the alleged commercial supply of prohibited drugs in the area in November 2018.

At about 9.50pm on Saturday (February 16) police raided a home on Bundarra Park Drive, Tuckombil, and arrested two men, aged 37 and 34, who were taken to Lismore Police Station.

During the search, police allegedly seized:

  • – More than 7 kilograms of tablets believed to contain MDA/MDMA, with a claimed street value of $560,000
  • – Illicit substances believed to be cocaine and cannabis
  • – Two prohibited guns and ammunition
  • – Mobile phones
  • – Cash
  • – Gold bars valued at $25,000
  • – Digital scales
  • – Heat sealing machine and rolls of heat seal

The 37-year-old man was charged with supplying a large commercial quantity of prohibited drug, possessing a shortened firearm (other than a pistol) without authority, possessing an unregistered and/or prohibited firearm, possessing ammunition without a licence, dealing with the proceeds of crime (up to $50,000) and possess prohibited drug.

The 34-year-old man was charged with the same offences except supplying a large commercial quantity.

The pair appeared before Lismore Local Court on Monday (February 18), and were refused bail. They will both reappear at Lismore Local Court on Tuesday April 16.

Third man charged

In a separate raid on Monday (February 18) a 37-year-old man was arrested at a home on Eltham Road, Alstonville.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station and is assisting police with their inquiries.

During the search, police seized:

  • – Illicit substances believed to be crystalline cocaine and cannabis
  • – 10 MDMA pills
  • – Ammunition
  • – A knife
  • – A pair of nunchaku

As inquiries by Strike Force Deveril continue, investigators urge anyone who may have information to come forward.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.


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