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$28K of ice found in car stop, say police

TWO men will face court after police allegedly found cash and drugs in a car that was pulled over in South Grafton.

The car was stopped in Herbert St after police noticed suspicious activity.

Inside, they allegedly found $22,000 in cash, 28 grams of methylamphetamine and 14 grams of another white powder believed to be cocaine.

The methylamphetamine has a potential street value of $28,000, and the powder, believed to be cocaine, would have a potential street value of $5600. A 27-year-old man, from Moree, was charged with the supply of a prohibited drug, possession of a prohibited drug and dealing with the proceeds of crime and will appear in Grafton Local Court on Monday.

A 35-year-old man, also from Warialda, was charged with two counts of possession of a prohibited drug and released on bail to appear in Grafton Local Court on April 20.

Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said they were still investigating the origin and destination of the methylamphetamine.

He said there were around 280 street-level deals in the meth, depending on its purity.

"Meth is an issue across the command, as is cannabis," Detective Inspector Jameson said.

"They are both readily available and easily accessed by users.

"Cannabis is a gateway drug that leads to users moving on to other substances such as heroin and meth."

He said cocaine was usually only available to those who could afford it.

"It is used by those who are financially better heeled and its use is predominantly by addicts who function better within the community and are not reliant on committing criminal offences to support their habit," he said.

"Given this , cocaine use is not as open as cannabis and meth."

He said the command would take a stronger focus on cocaine this year.

He said Thursday's meth and believed cocaine seizures were a great win for the community.


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