Police identify Casino as ‘ice hub’ of the Northern Rivers

CASINO has been identified as the "ice hub" of the Northern Rivers during an ongoing police drug operation targeting amphetamines in the region.

Richmond Local Area Command Crime Manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said recent large seizures of ice had police concerned.

"We are really worried about the level of usage in the Casino area," he said.

"There have been some recent seizures there. It's horrible stuff and we really want to get it off our streets."

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Det Insp Lindsay said officers regularly encountered people suffering psychosis from taking ice.

"It really sets people off. They get aggressive and they end up fighting police and getting arrested," he said.

While he wouldn't single out any specific groups of people using ice, Det Insp Lindsay said the drug had two dangerous aspects.

"One is that it's highly addictive, and these people, once they become addicted to it, they will do anything to get it," he said.

"The other aspect is that it is produced in these backyard labs by these part-time chemists using chemicals that are very dangerous."

Bikie links into the manufacture and supply of ice in the region are clearly on the police radar.

"There has been a long association between outlaw motorcycle groups and the manufacture and distribution of amphetamines," Det Insp Lindsay said.

"They are currently a target of ours."

Det Insp Lindsay said last Thursday's seizure of 80.5 grams of ice at Bangalow was the result of an ongoing operation between NSW and Queensland police.

"We will allege these drugs came from south-east Queensland and were headed for streets in the Lismore area," he said.

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