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Five arrested following three-month investigation into drug supply

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Police say they have charged four people with drugs offences in the Northern Rivers, the last of these on Friday.

In January 2020, detectives from the Richmond Police District Drug Investigations Unit established Strike Force Braunbeck to investigate the supply of methylamphetamine in the Ballina, Lismore and Goonellabah areas.

During the course of Strike Force Braunbeck, the following persons have been arrested:

•A 21-year-old Alstonville woman was arrested on Wednesday 4 March 2020. She was charged with supply prohibited drug and faced court last month.

•A 44-year-old Ballina man was arrested on Wednesday 25 March 2020. He was charged with 53 counts of supply prohibited drug and is due to face Lismore Local Court on Wednesday 27 May 2020.

•A 30-year-old Lismore man was arrested on Wednesday 22 April 2020. He was charged with seven counts of supply prohibited drug and is due to face Lismore Local Court on Tuesday 23 June 2020.

Police say the final arrests came about at 9am last Friday, when officers from the Richmond Police District executed a search warrant at a home on Ross Street, Lismore.

At the location, police arrested a 30-year-old woman and took her to Lismore Police Station.

She is in the process of being charged with supply prohibited drug.

About an hour later, a 53-year-old man was arrested at another home in Lismore.

He is currently assisting police with their inquiries at Lismore Police Station; he’s expected to be charged later today.

Richmond Police District Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said this is another fantastic result for the Northern Rivers community. ’This extensive investigation by Richmond detectives has dismantled another drug syndicate within our community.

‘Methylamphetamine is an insidious drug which can tear families apart.

‘We will continue to work day and night to target the supply and distribution of illicit drugs in our community.

‘Everyone can play their part in targeting these crooks – if you see or hear something suspicious in your neighbourhood, please report it to Crime Stoppers.’

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