Rookie cop a crime buster
By ADRIAN MILLER
A PROBATIONARY constable recently appointed to the Clarence Valley was instrumental in a drug bust by Grafton police officers on Thursday afternoon.
Adam Vary organised and ran the operation which netted 92 cannabis plants and 90 grams of cannabis leaf with a potential street value of just less than $200,000.
The raid was carried out when five police officers executed a search warrant on a property at Dilkoon late on Thursday.
Two men were arrested and charged as a result of the bust.
Grafton Detective Senior Constable Scott Brown said Prob Const Vary had shown intelligence and maturity beyond his years in organising the search.
"We're very pleased with the professionalism that he showed in relation to him conducting, running and managing the entire operation," he said.
"He successfully ran the operation which culminated in the arrests and seizure of those drugs."
Grafton Chief Inspector Darren Spooner said Prob Const Vary's efforts were indicative of the skills of the Valley's five new officers, who arrived in the area in September.
"I'm really pleased someone with his length of service took the ball up on his own and it's indicative of the calibre of people I've got working under me," he said.
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Clarence MP Steve Cansdell said it was fantastic to see young officers leading the way.
"It just shows the dedication and commitment these young officers have got to the job and the area," he said.
"When I first announced these probationary constables were coming, a few people said they would be a hinderance because they don't know the job, but this just shows these guys are not apprentices, but are fully fledged coppers doing their jobs."
Sen Const Brown said the two men arrested, aged 39 and 20, were charged with various drug related offences, including cultivation of cannabis, possession of a prohibited drug and articles used for the self-administration of prohibited drugs.
He said police were conducting enquiries in relation to a third man they believe could have been involved.
He said the two men were due to appear in Grafton Local Court on January 30.
Sen Const Brown said the cannabis was allegedly found growing in a bush enclosure 400 metres away from the main house on the property.
He said police will also claim they found cannabis plants growing in and around garden beds located close to the main residence.
The operation comes a week after police burnt $4 million worth of marijuana which was captured during the region's Cannabis Eradication Program.
In that operation police burnt 2500 plants which were found on plantations between Bellingen and Nymboida.
Police said any members of the public with information about possible illegal drug activity could contact Grafton police on 6642 0222.