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Helicopters, dogs and the police four day cannabis raid

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While we get the hemp industry going on the Northern Rivers and smoking cannabis is legal in many countries across the world the NSW police have once again headed out with their choppers and dogs to curb the cannabis cultivation that the region is known for. 

A NSW police spokesperson told The Echo that, ‘Police have seized more than $2 million worth of cannabis as part of an ongoing investigation into outdoor cannabis cultivation in the state’s north.

‘Between Monday (30 January 2023) and Thursday (2 February 2023), officers from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad – with assistance from Tweed/Byron Police District, Northern Rivers Region Enforcement Squad (RES), PolAir, and the Dog Unit – conducted the four-day operation across the district.

‘During the four-day operation, officers seized 1,088 cannabis plants, with an estimated potential street value of more than $2.1 million. An additional 9kg of cannabis head was also seized with an estimated potential street value of about $68,000.

‘Additional items were also located and seized during the four-day operation, including an air rifle, methylamphetamine, MDMA, and cash.

‘Seven people were arrested and charged with drug-related offences.

‘Investigations by the Drug and Firearms Squad are continuing.’

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  1. Waiting for the police to do some real work… any police out there who’d like to have a go at justifying this? Ah, that’s right, you’re not allowed to talk to the public without going through your handlers. Respect comes where respect is due.

  2. I could list a bunch of better ways to spend their time, I simply question their capability and competence to accomplish that list. At least try to round up some ‘Nigerian Princes’


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