Drug-drivers to ?hit the bin

THERE were no arrests made over the weekend at the Bellingen Global Carnival but a number of people were detected in possession of illegal substances.

Visiting police with sniffer dogs patrolled the carnival and the highly trained canines indicated to their handlers that 47 people may have had drugs in their possession.

Of those 47 people, 35 were found to be in possession of illegal substances which resulted in 22 official cannabis cautions being given and 13 Field Court Attendance Notices issued.

Coffs/Clarence Local Area commander Superintendent Ian Lovell said that intelligence resources indicated the possibility that a large amount of drug activity would be taking place.

"As a result of that information two dogs and their handlers were sent to the carnival to patrol and check for illegal activities," he said. "Our focus was to stop people from drug driving which is a major contributor to fatal accidents.

"People knew we were going to be there and anyone who uses drugs and drives will hit the bin as fast as I can make it happen.

"Police were not heavy-handed in their tactics and that shows in that nobody was arrested and removed from the carnival."

At the Global Carnival last year three people were arrested for actively selling drugs during the festivities.

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