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Drug running a prime target

Police searched cars in and around Nimbin on Friday and Saturday, charging 10 people with possession of illicit drugs.
Police searched cars in and around Nimbin on Friday and Saturday, charging 10 people with possession of illicit drugs. JAY CRONAN

THE crackdown on drugs moving through the North Coast will continue in the lead-up to Nimbin’s Mardi Grass Festival in May, police say.

Officers attached to the Drug Dog Unit and Richmond Local Area Command conducted 710 random breath tests, along with vehicle and person searches, in Nimbin and surrounding towns on Friday and Saturday as part of Operation Yagan, targeting illicit drug use and immigration and traffic offences.

Ten people were charged with possessing illicit drugs, 18 others were cautioned for possessing small quantities of cannabis and one person was charged with drug supply.

“Police are targeting roads between Lismore and the Gold Coast after intelligence was received that there are drug movements between these two locations,” Acting Inspector Jackie Lilley, of Lismore, said.


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