An application by police to temporarily close two businesses in Nimbin has been successful following an order made in the Lismore Local Court this morning.
Richmond Local Area Command police applied for the temporary closure of the Nimbin Hemp Bar and Nimbin Museum, from midday today (Friday 2 May) to midday Monday (5 May).
Police applied for the order, under Section 15C of the Restricted Premises Act (1943), due to evidence of the ongoing supply of drugs from within the Cullen Street premises.
Police also alleged that the increased crowds anticipated this weekend would heighten the likelihood of increased drug supply and use from the premises.
The proprietor of the Nimbin Museum was served with the court order immediately after the hearing at 9.30am today.
Operation Mickey was initiated by police from Richmond Local Area Command in March 2008 to investigate the street-level supply of prohibited drugs from the businesses.
Search warrants were executed on both premises on April 1 during which police seized about 4kg of cannabis and a number of people were arrested on the day and charged with drug offences.
The premises will continue to be monitored by police during the weekend activities to ensure compliance with the court orders.
Richmond Local Area Commander, Acting Superintendent Steven Clarke, said today’s application was based on evidence of the ongoing supply of drugs from both premises.
“Under the strategic plan for Nimbin we are seeking to eliminate the supply of prohibited drugs,” A/Supt Clarke said.
“As a result of ongoing information we have identified two premises where drugs were being supplied from within those premises and we successfully sought temporary closure orders from the court.
“Police continue to receive information about other premises that are operating in a similar fashion and today’s granting of the order should serve as a warning that police will use all avenues of the law to target illegal drugs in Nimbin.
“Police will act on any information provided, either to local police or to Crime Stoppers on the free-call number 1800 333 000.
“Remember, callers to Crime Stoppers may be eligible for cash rewards if their information leads to a conviction.
“Callers can also choose to provide their information anonymously.
“We are not trying to close the festival but we do want the activities to take place in a safe environment for everyone.
“Police are here to enforce the law, and as long as the possession and supply of these drugs is a crime, we will target them.”