A man is due to appear in Murwillumbah Local Court next week charged after allegedly attempting to courier cannabis interstate.

Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command intercepted a package bound for north Queensland on Tuesday. Police will allege it contained more than half a kilo of cannabis.

Following inquiries, police arrested a 65-year-old man after executing a search on a property in Rolands Creek Road, Uki, yesterday afternoon.

The man was taken to Murwillumbah Police Station where he was charged with:
• Cultivate a commercial quality of a prohibited drug (hydro/enhanced)
• Cultivate an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug
• Supply a prohibited drug, and
• Possess a prohibited drug

Police will allege 108 cannabis plants were found in a shed on the property, with a further 39 plants found in pots along a creek bed nearby. Police also seized cannabis and cannabis seeds in the home.

Police will allege the 147 plants have an estimated potential street value of about $560,000.

The man was conditionally bailed to appear at Murwillumbah Local Court on 21 July.

Tweed/Byron Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Shane Diehm, said the arrest was part of the command’s continued attack on drug supply and crime in the area.

“I urge anyone with information about the cultivation or supply of illegal drugs in our community to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Det Insp Diehm said.