Coffs/Clarence police have seized $11m in drugs in 2014
A WARNING from Coffs/Clarence police to those involved in the drug trade: it's only a matter of time before you are caught.
Since January 1 more than $11 million worth of drugs has been taken off the streets in the Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour. Coffs/Clarence and taskforce police have seized 48.5kg of drugs and 3860 cannabis plants and have made 287 arrests in relation to drug offences.
Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said 113 arrests were made in the Clarence Valley alone.
"A significant amount of drugs have been seized from persons charged with related offences in the Clarence Valley area," he said.
"It's a great start to the year and obviously a lot of that has come with the cannabis growing season.
"That will taper off, however, the focus will continue on backyard growers and suppliers of cannabis as well as those who grow in hydroponic set-ups.
"Cannabis has been seen as a gateway drug, which leads to all other forms of substance abuse and just as dangerous and harmful as other illicit substances."
The total number of cannabis plants seized so far this year has an estimated street value of $7.72 million.
More than 40kg of dried cannabis would have fetched about $1.02 million, and the 5.36kg of methyl-amphetamine seized in the 90 days is worth an estimated $2.68 million.
With a combined street value of $11.42 million, that's an average of $126,000 worth of drugs off the streets every day.
"Drugs and alcohol are a significant underlying problem for a number of crimes in the area and we will continue to keep our foot on the pedal in chasing down those that continue to manufacture, cultivate or supply prohibited drugs," Insp Jameson said.
"If you continue to engage in the drug trade it will only be a matter of time before we are kicking in your doors and putting you behind bars. The more drugs we take off the streets the safer it will be."