Nine now facing 35 charges

POLICE have arrested more people following Tuesday's dramatic drug raids at Park Beach.

On Wednesday, a Coffs Harbour woman, 28, was charged with two counts of supplying a prohibited drug, and one count each of operating a drug house and child neglect.

A Coffs Harbour woman, 32, was charged with possessing a prohibited drug, possessing a prescribed restricted substance and two counts of child neglect.

A Coffs Harbour woman, also 32, was charged with manufacturing a prohibited drug and child neglect.

All three were conditionally bailed to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on March 23.

This brings to nine the number of people charged so far during Strike Force Jacques, with 35 charges now before the courts.

Police formed the strike force in December to tackle increased property crime at Park Beach.

As a result of four simultaneous raids early on Tuesday morning, police allege a clandestine drugs laboratory was being operated from a unit in Vincent Street, while apparatus and drug paraphernalia were seized from a townhouse in Boultwood Street.

During the raids, police recovered more than 700 items, including laptop computers, mobile phones, DVDs, pushbikes, musical instruments, jewellery, and Vietnam War service medals.

Police are also working with Department of Community Services caseworkers following the removal of eight children, allegedly living in two of the homes which contained illicit drugs and equipment.

The investigations are ongoing, and if you have any information which can help, contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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