Drug detection dogs were out at licensed premises.
Drug detection dogs were out at licensed premises. Rob Wright

Drug detection dog puts bite on drug supply

On Friday, February, the Crime Management Unit lead by the Target Action Group, with the assistance of a Drug Detection Dog from the Dog Unit, conducted a drug detection dog operation at licensed premises in Grafton, Maclean and Yamba.

This was the latest in pop-up operations targeting the dangers that drugs pose to the safety of our community.

During the operation eight people were searched by police.

As a result of those searches and the operation police charged a 41yo Brooms Head woman with possession of a prohibited drug (cannabis), a 32yo Grafton man received a cannabis caution, and a 39yo Maclean woman was charged with breaching her apprehended violence order (alcohol consumption).

A 30yo Yamba man was also charged with supplying a prohibited drug (MDMA or Ecstasy), after he was allegedly caught with 32 capsules of ecstasy in a licensed premises in Yamba. A subsequent search of his house in Yamba located cannabis. He was refused bail by police to Grafton Local Court on February 11, where he was then given conditional bail to appear again on March 7.

The drugs seized during the operation have a potential street value of $1700.00.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said, " We know locally that drugs play a significant role in violent crime in an around hotels, but it is the use of a number of drugs at the same time, called poly-drugging, that creates a higher risk.

"Alcohol related crime is a concern, but when people also take other dangerous drugs like cannabis, methylamphetmaine, cocaine and ecstasy, the risk to the users and other patrons is raised.

"The use of drug detection dogs locally has been invaluable, and their success in these types of operations can't be underestimated. This is evident by the strong seizure of an alleged 32 capsules of ecstasy from a patron in a Yamba hotel. We know that this drug has caused deaths in the past.

"Of concern is the close association that cannabis plays with alcohol and other drugs, and the examples from this operation show that cannabis remains at the centre of drug addiction locally, and is the gateway drug to abuse and addiction issues.

"We will continue these operations, and my message is clear, continue to use and supply drugs locally is like playing Russian Roulette, your next time out and about might be when you eventually get caught.

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