Drugs worth more than $30,000 seized at rave party operation

Police conducted operation Borasca at Fridays Creek on Saturday, checking passing motorists for drug and alcohol related offences. Many of the motorists were on their way to a large Rave Party. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Police conducted operation Borasca at Fridays Creek on Saturday, checking passing motorists for drug and alcohol related offences. Many of the motorists were on their way to a large Rave Party. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate Rob Wright

THE unauthorised rave party at Upper Orara on the weekend saw 19 people and seized drugs with an estimated potential street value of more than $30,000.

Operation Borasca was established by officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command, assisted by Operations Support Group, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Dog Unit, to manage policing and safety issues associated with the 24-hour event, Frosty FrapTangle, which started at 2pm on Saturday.

Representatives from Coffs Harbour City Council were also in attendance because the event and construction on-site did not have prior approval.

During the operation, police, including drug-detection dogs, conducted 253 vehicle searches, including random breath tests (RBT), and located 41 vehicles containing drugs.

Officers arrested 19 people and charged them with 34 drug-related offences and a further 25 people were issued cannabis cautions.

Officers located and seized cannabis, cocaine, speed, ecstasy (MDMA) and LSD, with an estimated potential street value of $34,000.

In addition, officers conducted a further 38 random breath tests and issued 21 Traffic Infringement Notices.

Acting Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Acting Inspector Peter O'Reilly, said police would not tolerate unauthorised events and illegal activity.

"Police have been working closely with the council to prevent unauthorised dance parties from taking place in our community," Det A/Insp O'Reilly said.

"We are happy to provide support to event organisers to hold exciting events on the Coffs Coast, provided they seek appropriate approvals and their activities do not put our community at risk.

"Across NSW, police continually remind people that prohibited drugs are not only illegal, but also highly dangerous and potentially life-threatening, yet some people refuse to heed our warnings.

"We have received reports that a young woman was taken to hospital during the event for treatment for a suspected drug overdose.

"People need to remember that police aren't here to spoil anyone's fun, our job is to minimise harm and keep our community safe."

Significant arrests during the operation include:

  • A 19-year-old Forresters Beach man was charged with drug supply and two counts of drug possession.
  • A 21-year-old Lismore man was charged with three counts of drug supply and deal with proceeds of crime.
  • A 21-year-old Lismore man was charged with drug supply and two counts of drug possession.

The men have been granted strict conditional bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on July 21.

Topics:  coffs clarence local area command nsw police rave party upper orara

New driving program for the disadvantaged

ON THE ROAD: This program offers the opportunity for people who have found it difficult to navigate the licensing system.

The program offers up to 10 free driving lessons with an instructor

Magpies and Thunder armed and ready for memorial clash

AUSTRALIAN Army Thunder vs Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo Magpies Matthew Locke MG Charity rugby league match in Bellingen.

Community to again pay respects to fallen local hero at league event

Premier League's newest team faces FFA Cup challenge

HOT FAVOURITES: Coffs United is expected to progress through to the second round of the FFA Cup.

Grafton United faces reigning premier in first round FFA Cup clash.

Local Partners

Coffs kids kicking off with respect

Rugby players from the Australian Army Thunder team are in town and delivered a special program to schools ahead of their clash with the Bellingen Magpies.

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

A taste of the country life without the hard work

HERITAGE PARK: This home on the cover of the Real Estate Property Guide has everything you love about semi-rural living.

Get a taste of the country life without all the hard work

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!