Men lead away by police at the site of a raid in Goonellabah.
Men lead away by police at the site of a raid in Goonellabah. Marc Stapelberg

DRUG RAIDS: Two Goonellabah men to face Lismore court

Friday 9.45am: CHARGES have been laid against three of the four men arrested after Thursday's drug raids across the Northern Rivers.

Two Goonellabah men, aged 54 and 24, were refused bail yesterday and will front Lismore Local Court today.


The 54-year-old will face five charges including: organise, conduct, assist at drug premises and enhanced indoor cultivation plant for commercial purposes.

 

The same charges have been laid on the 24-year-old man, who is also charged with possessing a prohibited drug and cultivating a prohibited plant.

 

The 54-year-old Goonellabah man is also charged with cannabis supply as well as two counts of possessing a prohibited drug and cultivating a prohibited plant greater than commercial quantity. 


Similar charges have been laid against an another 24-year-old Goonellabah man and a 34-year-old man, who are on conditional bail to front Lismore Local Court on September 18.

 

A Lismore man, 61, will be issued a future court attendance notice for cultivating a prohibited plant and possessing a prohibited drug.

Thursday 3.15pm: A COVERT, commercial drug supply operation running under the guise of four, quaint Goonellabah units has been shut down by police.

False flooring and entries uncovered at the "heavily fortified" properties were the hallmarks of "a sophisticated set up", Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Cameron Lindsay said.

About 18 cannabis plants, estimated to be worth about $200,000, were seized from one of the Parkwalk Dr units yesterday.

Police allege hydroponic systems to grow cannabis were uncovered at each unit with one unit alleged to be used for the sole purpose of growing the illegal plants.

A police rescue truck and a team of about 15 officers and detectives descended on the area to dismantle the elaborate outfit.

Nearby residents watched the raid unfold from their homes. One resident, who requested not to be named, said she suspected drug-related crime was occurring for years in the street.

She said it was good to see police cracking down on the criminal activity.

Detective Chief Inspector Lindsay was confident yesterday's raids across six locations in Goonellabah, Lismore and Casino would have made "a substantial impact on drug supply in this region".

Three men, aged 54, 31 and 24, have been arrested and taken to at Lismore Police Station assisting police.

A 61-year-old man is expected to be issued a future court attendance notice for cultivate a prohibited plant and possess prohibited drug.

Det Chief Insp Lindsay expected more arrests would be made in connection to the investigation by Strike Force Glyn, targeting the commercial supply of drugs around the region.

He said the community information helped officers to the clandestine drug supply ring.

"In this case, yes information from the public has played a big role in this investigation as it does in a lot of investigations," Det Chief Insp Lindsay.

He urged the community to call Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000 about any suspicious activity around the community.

 

Thursday 1pm: ABOUT $200,000 worth of cannabis plants have been seized from a Goonellabah home by police.

Officers removed 18 hyrodponically- grown cannabis plants from one of the four units raided earlier today. 

A false floor found in one of the raided homes.
A false floor found in one of the raided homes. Richmond Local Area Command

 

The raids are part of the on-going Strike Force Glyn, targeting the commercial supply of drugs across the Richmond Local Area Command. 

Thursday 11.30am: FOUR men have been arrested in connection to drug raids carried out earlier this morning at a Goonellabah home.

 

Man arrested during drug raid in Goonellabah
Man arrested during drug raid in Goonellabah Richmond Local Area Command

Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Lindsay said more arrests are expected to be made throughout the day as more search warrants are executed. 

Det Chief Insp Lindsay said search warrants are being conducted in six locations at Goonellabah, Lismore and Casino. 

It is alleged all six locations raided today are part of a commercial drug supply ring.

Thursday 10.30am: ONLOOKERS are watching on from their homes as police continue their investigations at a home raided for illicit drugs in Goonellabah earlier this morning. 

A woman, who didn't wish to be named,  said she suspected drug crimes have been happening for years in her neighbourhood. 

She said it was good to see police cracking down on the criminal activity. 

The set up in the drug raid this morning
The set up in the drug raid this morning Richmond Local Area Command


A police rescue truck and a team of about 15 officers are on scene examining Cannabis plants and other equipment found inside the home. 

The Goonellabah raid is one of six occurring across the command this morning. 

Thursday 8:46am: A MAN has been arrested after police raided a home in Goonellabah for what is alleged to be an elaborate illicit drug set up. 

The raid is one of six being carried out across the command as part of Strike Force Glyn. 

More to come. 


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