Lowanna drug raid will hit supply

IT’S a raid which will rattle drug dealers across the Coffs Coast.

Police seized cannabis worth almost $250,000 along with firearms and ammunition when they swooped on a Lowanna property at 9.15am yesterday.

Two men and a woman will face court next month on a string of charges as their alleged major drug operation now lies in tatters.

“It’s a great result after acting on information from the public in relation to thefts and drug supply in the Lowanna and Ulong area,” said Coffs/Clarence investigations manager Detective Senior Sergeant Peter O’Reilly.

“It’s always good to get illegal weapons off the street.

“A lot of these plants were in their infancy and we’re pleased to have now disrupted a potentially large-scale drug supply network.”

As many as 15 police including general duties officers, the Target Action Group, detectives, and even the Police Dog Squad from Sydney, converged on the Camps Creek Road compound following a tip-off.

They seized a shortened shotgun, a .303 calibre rifle, a crossbow and ammunition.

The officers uncovered 106 cannabis plants in a hydroponics setup in a shed along with 15 cannabis plants growing in pots elsewhere on the property.

They also stumbled across two kilograms of dried cannabis leaf and cannabis seeds.

Police arrested three people living on the property.

A man, 40, will face Coffs Harbour Local Court on December 13 on charges of enhanced cannabis cultivation, cannabis cultivation, possessing a prohibited drug, two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, possessing an unlicensed firearm and possessing ammunition.

A man, 38, will appear on the same date on a charge of cultivating a prohibited plant, while a woman, 39, faces court also on December 13, on charges of possessing a prohibited drug and cannabis seeds.

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