23.8 C
Byron Shire
April 19, 2024

$3,000,000 in drugs and a sawn-off shotgun seized in Ballina

Latest News

Can Council’s overturn their decisions?

NSW Labor planning minister, Paul Scully, when asked about the Wallum estate by local MP Tamara Smith (Greens)  in...

Other News

Antisemitic racism

It takes the death of an Aussie, Zomi Frankcom, to remind Prime Minister Albanese that murdering aid workers is...

Editorial – What are the people doing in your neighbourhood?

If you are stuck for something to do this Thursday, why not take part in local democracy?

Woodburn: ute hits, kills pedestrian

A 30-year-old woman walking in Woodburn died on Sunday morning when a teenager driving a ute crashed into her, police said.

Byron swimmer airlifted to hospital

A man swimming in Byron Bay on the weekend was airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital, rescuers said. 

Bangalow retaining wall damage

The wall supporting the western end of Deacon Street has failed – opposite the Roman Catholic Church. Fortunately, this...

A quiet day in Bruns after arrests and lock-ons

Though no machinery arrived at Wallum this morning, contractors and police were on the development site at Brunswick Heads as well as dozens of Save Wallum protesters. 

Drugs seized in Ballina. Photo NSW Police.

NSW Police say a man has been charged after more than $3 million worth of drugs and a firearm were seized locally overnight.

About 9.30pm yesterday (Thursday 5 May),  detectives attached to Richmond Police District – with assistance from the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command and the Richmond PD Proactive Crime Team – stopped a Ford Falcon travelling north on the M1 Motorway at Ballina.

Drugs seized in Ballina. Photo NSW Police.

Officers conducted a search of the vehicle, where they located and seized prohibited drugs including 4.4kg of methamphetamine, 4.66kg of cocaine, a single barrel sawn-off shotgun and ammunition.

A sawn-off shotgun seized in Ballina. Photo NSW Police.

The potential estimated street value of the prohibited drugs is more than $3 million dollars. The items will undergo forensic examination.

The 51-year-old was arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station, where he was charged with possess prohibited drug, knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, supply large commercial quantity prohibited drug, and use, supply etc stolen firearm or firearm part.

The man – from Raceview in Queensland – was refused bail to appear before Ballina Local Court today (Friday 6 May).

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

The bridges of Ballina Council

Ballina Shire Council has started preliminary investigation works at Fishery Creek Bridge, on River Street, and Canal Bridge, on Tamarind Drive, as part of their plan to duplicate both bridges.

Tweed Council wants your ideas on future sports facilities

Tweed Council is looking for feedback from residents about future plans for sport and recreation in the area.

REDinc’s new Performing Arts Centre is go!

It’s been a long wait, but two years on from the 2022 flood REDinc in Lismore have announced the official opening of a new Performing Arts Centre.

Not enough letters like this about Gaza in The Echo?

The Echo’s studied indifference to the plight of the Palestinians and its reluctance to publish letters on the subject reveals the moral fibre of...