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Police arrest 9th person in Strike Force Balsillie

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Police say they have arrested a ninth person after a coordinated operation targeting a drug supply network in on the Northern Rivers.

Richmond Police detectives said they started Strike Force Balsillie in February this year to investigate methylamphetamine and firearms supply in Casino.

After raiding properties in Casino, Drake, Tabulam, East Lismore, Lismore and Irvington last week, they arrested eight people immediately but have since announced the arrest of a ninth person.

All nine appeared before Lismore Local Court late last week, with five men given conditional bail.

Another three men and one woman had bail denied.

Police said they expected Strike Force Balsillie investigations to lead to further arrests.

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  1. Recently a recovering drug addict who had been staying with us was arrested in Casino for biting a Policeman. He had little money so any kid could have bought the same deadly drugs.. 4 of those arrested are denied bail will likely spend a year or more in prison costing $100,000 a year each. The Police efforts, courts etc will cost more than a million. Hundreds have died of overdoses this year. Roads are third world pot holed and dangerous.
    The system has failed.
    Time to decide to either shoot the dealers after all they are killers worse than terrorists or legalise and tax the drugs like cigarettes.
    Make some money, the drug dealers can get jobs fixing the roads.


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