Drug crackdown in Bellingen
COFFS-Clarence police are increasing their presence in Bellingen to crack down on drug-related activity and crime in the township.
Police say the response comes after a spike in drug-related activity in the township in the past month, particularly in the Chess Tables area.
Coffs Clarence Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said the action was instigated by concerned members of the community
"We've been working with our community partners in the area. We've noticed an increase in antisocial behaviour and drug-related issues," he said.
"I'm concerned about issues of drug dealing, particularly the noticeable appetite for the harmful drug of cannabis.
"Cannabis use and its supply has a direct correlation to crime and antisocial behaviour."
To tackle the issue of illicit drugs in Bellingen, Insp Jameson said police would continue to engage with the local community to stamp out unwanted drug-related criminal activity.
"In dealing with this issue, police will interact and engage with the community and other persons that are know to us on a daily basis. Not all interactions are bad interactions," he said
"The community can expect a very focused and strong policing response and presence as we deal with the issues associated with cannabis and other criminal activities in Bellingen."
Insp Jameson said the Bellingen community was well regarded in the region and he didn't want the town's reputation tarnished by drugs.
"Bellingen is a great community and it has a lot to offer the Coffs Coast. We don't want it to become the cannabis capital for that reason," he said.