Weekend police operation leads to drug supply charges
A WEEKEND police operation at licensed venues around Coffs Harbour has resulted in a number of drug charges.
Coffs-Clarence Police carried out Operation Break assisted by the Dog Squad on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.
Two cannabis cautions were issued and five people were charged with possession of prohibited drugs, including two people charged with supplying prohibited drugs.
"These arrests show how dangerous cannabis continues to be in our community, with two men being arrested in possession of other serious drugs including ice, as well as cannabis," Coffs-Clarence LAC crime manager, Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said.
"Cannabis continues its march of destruction within the community as being a serious drug of concern, infecting young people with drug addiction and leading onto other serious drugs.
"We maintain our focus on cannabis; it is the root of all evil for drug addiction within our community."
Police attached to Operation Break were alerted to a vehicle driving in a negligent manner on Toormina Rd, Toormina, at about 9.25pm on Friday.
The vehicle's occupants ran into nearby bushland before being located by the Dog Squad.
A 31-year-old North Boambee Valley man was searched and allegedly found in possession of a trafficable quantity of crystal methylamphetmane, or ice, with a potential street value of $5300.
He was also allegedly carrying an ice pipe and cannabis.
Subsequent police checks revealed the man had an outstanding arrest warrant.
He was charged with supplying a prohibited drug, two counts of possession of prohibited drugs and with the arrest warrant.
The man was bail refused to Coffs Harbour Local Court the following day, and will reappear on May 24.
A 19-year-old North Boambee Valley man was arrested on unrelated charges at 11.30pm that night.
The man was arrested at a Coffs Harbour hotel and was allegedly in possession of 28 capsules and 11 tablets of MDMA, or ecstasy, with a potential street value of $1950, as well as $380 in cash.
He was charged with supplying a prohibited drug, possessing a prohibited drug and dealing with the proceeds of crime.
The man has been bailed to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on May 16.
Minutes later, a 22-year-old Sandy Beach man was arrested at a Coffs Harbour hotel, allegedly in possession of cannabis and cocaine.
He received a court attendance notice to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on May 16.