Detectives search under a house at 68 Margaret Crescent, South Grafton. Earlier police raided the house and took the occupants away in a paddy wagon. Photo Tim Howard / The Daily Examiner
Detectives search under a house at 68 Margaret Crescent, South Grafton. Earlier police raided the house and took the occupants away in a paddy wagon. Photo Tim Howard / The Daily Examiner

Police raid South Grafton home

LOUD crashes like explosions, breaking glass and screams startled residents of Margaret Crescent, South Grafton, this morning.

Neighbours ran into the street to witness a police raid in full swing around 9.45am.

Officers smashed a screen door at the front of the house, but were unable to get in that way. They had more success around the back, gaining access through a back door.

Neighbours said a paddy wagon took an undetermined number of occupants away from the house.

One said a woman lived there with her partner. She said there had also been a child living there for the past week.
Police details at the scene are sketchy. One detective said the raid was the result of a six-month operation.

During the raid a police sniffer dog was used and emerged from the space under the house.

A team of detectives searched the yard and house. They could be seen checking cars parked in the yard, a catamaran, a pile of garden waste and rubbish bins.

Neighbours said they suspected the occupants of the house were involved with illegal drug use.

They claimed since the a woman and her partner moved in more than 18 months ago, they started to find used syringes in the street.

"There's more cars go in and out of there than Maccas," one neighbour said.

She said nearby residents were sick of the loud music and late night partying at the house.

However, one said she was a friend of the owners and did not want to comment on the morning's events.

Police said they will release more details of the raid later today.



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