Two businesses in Nimbin have today been raided by police to target alleged drug activity.
Based on information, police raided the two businesses in Cullen Street, Nimbin, just after 11am today, conducting thorough searches of the premises and people inside.
The search warrants are still ongoing, however, officers have already seized drugs and cash and a number of people have been arrested.
Richmond Local Area Commander, Superintendent Bruce Lyons, said today’s operation was a testament to the NSW Police Force’s tough stance on all drugs.
“Illegal drugs continue to be a blight on our society and the supply of these drugs in the Nimbin area is an issue repeatedly raised by the local community,” Supt Lyons said.
“The people of Nimbin do not want any illicit drugs in their town or being offered to their children – notwithstanding the fact that the production, possession and supply of these drugs are crimes.
“The local community can be assured that we will do everything we can within the provisions of the law to make an impact on the availability of illegal drugs on our streets.”
Supt Lyons said the Richmond Local Area Command had been working closely with the Nimbin community to reduce drug-related crime and other criminal activity in the township.
“Today’s operation is another step in ensuring that police continue to work with the community towards improving the area,” he said.
The operation also serves as a timely warning to anyone considering possessing or supplying drugs at the upcoming celebrations for the Nimbin Mardi Grass Festival.
“Police will be at the festival once again this year and fully enforcing all drug laws, as well as targeting antisocial behaviour and other crimes,” he said.
“We are here to uphold the law and ensure the safety of local residents and the people attending the event.”
Today’s operation has comprised officers from Richmond, Coffs/Clarence and Tweed Byron Local Area Commands as well as the OSG the Dog Unit and Public Order and Riot Squad.
Police inquiries are ongoing.