I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite ‘blokes’, preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby. Like a few folk in the hills growing cannabis.
It seems like every ‘cops and robbers’ movie from Smokey and the Bandit to the Blues Brothers or The Untouchables has painted the local cops as buffoonish no-hopers who can’t be trusted to chew ‘baccy’ and spit at the same time.
In this latest operation, the Byron Bay police media spokesperson claimed that they didn’t even know there was an operation being run from the Barry Lomath Oval in Mullumbimby, opposite the local high school. An operation that involved helicopters, 4WDs and a lot of police that could be seen by any passer-by. Have to ask Sydney about that! If true, that’s ludicrous.
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Well, the Northern Star was sold to Murdoch and has retreated online now, but it seems we are repeating the same old news. Everyone in town seems to think that some kind of heroin and MDMA bust happened in Main Arm, as well as the seizure of what seems to be a pathetic haul of plants, but again, ‘you’ll have to ask Sydney about that’.
Imagine if they actually addressed real crime?
The idea of just casting a big net on one day and then catching everything alive and taking it back in a truck to Sydney just seems like a box-ticking exercise, driven by a cultural clash, rather than an attempt to weed out the real source of drug-based problems in our town. And the lack of information from the police just confirms that suspicion.