Police have arrested a couple and seized dozens of cannabis plants during a raid on a property at Mount Burrell, via Murwillumbah.
Just before 7pm yesterday (Thursday 29 April), Murwillumbah police served a court order at the Cadell Road address in relation to a child.
Upon entering the home, a bus and lean-to, police located a quantity of cannabis in plastic bags.
Detectives from the recently formed Tweed/Byron Drug Unit were notified and executed a search warrant at the property.
Officers found additional bags of cannabis and 44 cannabis plants, ranging in size from seedlings to 1.8m.
Police believe the drugs, with an estimated, potential street value of $110,000, were destined for sale at Nimbin during the annual MardiGrass Festival, which starts today.
Police arrested a 48-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman at the scene.
They were taken to the Murwillumbah Police Station where the man was charged with supply prohibited drug, cultivate prohibited plant and possess prohibited drug.
He was refused bail and ordered to appear today before the Tweed Heads Local Court.
The woman was issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice (FCAN) to appear before the same court on 17 May.
Inspector Shane Diehm, from the Tweed/Byron LAC, commended his officers for their keen powers of observation.
“What started out as a routine task serving court papers has allegedly resulted in the discovery of a significant drug operation,” Inspector Diehm said.
“The officers have shown their dedication to the job is anything but routine.
“I’d also like to congratulate the members of our new drug unit, who have hit the ground running.”
Police from the Richmond and Tweed/Byron Local Area Commands will be targeting drug supply and possession throughout the festival this weekend.
“We appeal to anyone within the Tweed/Byron community with information about illegal drugs to contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.