Four more people have been arrested following a seven-month investigation into the alleged trafficking of amphetamines in the Richmond Local Area Command.
Officers attached to the Richmond LAC Drug Unit attended a home in Goonellabah at 6.30am and arrested a 44-year-old man. Police later returned to the house and also arrested the man’s 31-year-old female partner.
They were taken to Lismore Police Station and charged with drug-related offences, including knowingly take part in the supply of a prohibited drug and supply prohibited drug.
Officers also attended two homes in Casino and arrested a 32-year-old man and 50-year-old woman.
They were taken to Casino Police Station where they were charged with offences including supply prohibited drug and knowingly take part in the supply of a prohibited drug.
All four people will face court next month.
Today’s arrests are the culmination of a seven-month investigation codenamed Operation Redmahogany, which targeted amphetamine supply in the Richmond LAC.
In May this year Operation Redmahogany investigators arrested a 51-year-old Alstonville woman, a 48-year-old Rosebank man and a 29-year-old Alstonville man.
All three were charged with several drug-related offences including conspiracy to manufacture prohibited drug, supply and possess prohibited drug.
During the course of Operation Redmahogany officers seized a quantity of amphetamines and cannabis, including two kilograms of cannabis and cannabis plants.
Chemicals were also located at a Rosebank property and seized for further forensic analysis.
Operation Redmahogany is the latest of several investigations into drug trafficking conducted by Richmond LAC officers.
In June this year, drug investigation officers established Strike Force Jill to investigate the large commercial supply of cocaine and other prohibited drugs.
On July 21 this year, officers arrested a 28-year-old Israeli national at a Lennox Head Motel and, as a result of a search warrant, located a quantity of cash and 458grams of MDMA which has an estimated street value of $100,000.
Yesterday a 22-year-old Ballina woman was also arrested in connection with Strike Force Jill.
She was charged with 10 counts of knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime after she allegedly transferred almost $74,000 into overseas bank accounts.
On July 25 this year, investigators attached to Strike Force Tonkie arrested a 48-year-old man who had been wanted for failing to appear before Lismore Local Court on charges of supply and possess 4.6 kilograms of cannabis and 90 grams of amphetamine.
Strike Force Tonkie commenced in August 2007 and has resulted in the arrest of 27 people for a total of 65 charges, including 18 offences relating to the supply of large commercial quantities of prohibited drugs.
Richmond LAC Crime Manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore said police will continue to target anyone involved in the illicit drug trade.
“Police will not waver in their efforts to protect the community and rid our streets of drug dealers,” Det Insp Moore said.
“Those who continue to peddle drugs should be on notice that their activities will be detected; they will be arrested and will be put before the courts.
“The community and the police will continue to work together in this endeavour.”
Anyone with information on drug trafficking should contact Crime Stoppers on1800 333 000.