Seven firearms, more than $4.5 million in drugs and $150,000 in cash were seized by police in an 11-day operation targeting organized crime networks.
Police visited several properties during the two-week period, including a home near Grafton where they found “significant quantities of precursor chemicals and equipment consistent with the manufacture of banned drugs” and about a kilogram of cannabis.
A laboratory was dismantled and chemicals were seized by the Chemical Operations Unit of the Drugs and Firearms Squad.
Police also found two hydroponic cannabis grow labs and around 2.5kg of dried and packaged cannabis at a home in Carrara, where a 55-year-old man was charged with a number of drug-related offenses .
At another home, in Tweed Heads, police seized more than 130 grams of white powder which they suspected to be cocaine, along with cannabis, $18,000 in cash and several electronic devices. A 53-year-old man has been charged with several offenses in connection with the raid.
A 27-year-old man was also arrested and charged with multiple firearms offenses at a separate property in Tweed Heads South, where police found and seized a loaded gun and ammunition from the kitchen.
Officers also seized approximately $10,000 in cash, luxury watches and electronics from a home in Ewingsdale, where a 44-year-old man was served with a firearms prohibition order.
“We know that criminal organizations are establishing themselves on the North Coast because of its lucrative drug market and the perceived idea that the region is relatively free from law enforcement scrutiny,” said Acting Assistant Commissioner Jason Weinstein.