Deals on wheels

By CRAIG McTEAR

THREE people face court next month over a $300,000 drug bust near Bellingen.

A tip-off on Tuesday afternoon led Bellingen police to a secluded spot 15km south of Bellingen, where they saw a Holden Commodore station wagon on a forest track near Bowraville Road.

The car occupants, two men and a woman, fled into nearby scrub.

Police chased the trio and arrested the 24-year-old woman. They searched the car and seized a large number of freshly-cut cannabis plants.

The two men, aged 22 and 27, emerged from the bush a short time later and were arrested.

The Grafton trio were taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station to be questioned.

They were subsequently charged with cannabis possession, and were conditionally bailed to appear at Bellingen Local Court on April 30.

Police from the Coffs/Clarence and Mid North Coast local area commands were involved in the dramatic arrests.

Chief Inspector Shane Cribb said the arrests would not have happened without information provided by a member of the public.

"I want the local community to be aware that any information they provide to us could lead to arrests such as this," Mr Cribb said.

"I'm urging members of the public with information about illegal activities to contact their local police, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000."



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