Police street smarts sees cops swoop on drug deal

POLICE say they have intercepted a sizeable drug deal that was set to go down following a vehicle stop at Moonee Beach that netted 800 grams of cannabis.

Officers uncovered the drugs inside a Nissan four-wheel-drive on Thursday and then swooped on a house at Mastrocolas Rd at 1.30pm that afternoon.

Police say two men were taken into custody. 

With investigations into the matter continuing, there have been indications that police may have busted a small drug syndicate operating between Coffs Harbour and Grafton.

Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said the search warrant also uncovered a stockpile of prescription medication.

A policeman removes evidence after a search of a Mastrocolas Rd residence on Thursday afternoon.
A policeman removes evidence after a search of a Mastrocolas Rd residence on Thursday afternoon. Rob Wright

"We'll allege we located some cannabis and also a large quantity of prescription medication," Inspt. Jameson said.

"Those restricted medications are pain relief style medications and each of those tablets would have a street value of around $50 so we are looking at around $100,000 in prescription medication here.

"The cannabis we have located so far would have a street value of in excess of $25,000

"We have two men who are assisting us with our enquiries.

"We have got a 47-year-old male who has assisted us up at Grafton Police Station and a 49-year-old male who was taken into custody at Coffs Harbour Police Station.

"We will allege $4,800 in cash found on the 47-year-old male is the proceeds of crime from that criminal syndicate. 

"They are assisting us with our enquiries, but our investigations are continuing

"We are still focussing in on drugs at the moment.

"It is the drug growing and cultivation period and we will continue to target that using the information the public give us.

"We will continue our fight and investigations into drug crime in this command."

The 49-year-old from Coffs Harbour man was charged with supply and possession of a prohibited drug to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on March 25.

The 47-year-old Grafton man has been granted bail to appear in Grafton Local Court on March 17.  

Topics:  cannabis coffs clarence local area command det insp darren jameson drug bust moonee beach nsw police

Old pine shines the light on Waterfall Way

LET THERE BE LIGHT: Bellingen Lions members Eddie Siladi, Spot Swales and Richard Everingham.

Bellingen is going to have a 41-metre high Christmas Tree

So long graffiti, residents roll up their sleeves

GRAFFITI BUSTERS: (from left) Felicity Box, David Box, Garth Shipperlee, Garry Keehn, Louise Morris and Rob Anderson.

Graffiti-busters are back to clean up your town.

Cup day holiday consultation

DAY OUT: Carlton MID Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Race Day.

This week's Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce column

Local Partners

Family's new arrival in face of tragedy

MEL Small had already gone into labour when she learned of the tragic fate of her sister Jodie Spears.

Survive and support this Pink Ribbon Day

Denise Bass, Kathy Clough and cancer survivor Dorothy Lockart at Pink Ribbon Day stall in the mall.

Cancer survivors often say the diagnosis is the toughest part.

Blooming Woolgoolga

Handmade flowers have brought colour to mental health in Woolgoolga.

HANDMADE flowers have brought colour to mental health in Woolgoolga.

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Bindi Irwin named in MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Politicians promise homebuyers a helping hand

PROMISE: Canberra has plans to address housing affordability.

How Coffs can help fix housing affordability

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals