Cannabis ?noxious weed'
By ROXANNE MILLAR
MASSIVE drug raids around the Tweed Shire last week have shown that cannabis is a noxious weed in the area, according to local area commander superintendent Tim Tarlington.
Supt Tarlington said it was a problem that had been confirmed by statistics that show the Tweed Byron Local Area Command has the second highest confiscation rate of the drug in the state.
"It is pretty much like a noxious weed.
"The climate and terrain is conducive to (growing) it and normally the rainfall is enough to sustain plants without irrigation or watering," he said.
"In this command you also have got a considerable amount of people leaning towards that type of recreational drug activity."
Supt Tarlington believes the $5.4 million cannabis drug haul of last week could have been heading out of the area and into surrounding markets.
"There have been some arrests here that would indicate there is trafficking; that some enterprises were directed at markets external to this command," he said.
"We're talking probably at least as far as the Mid North Coast of NSW and South-East Queensland."
Supt Tarlington said cannabis possession was the most common type of drug detected by police in the local area command, making up 75 per cent of drugs detected.
He said 55 per cent of these drugs are found in Byron Bay and 15 per cent in Tweed Heads.
Twenty-two per cent are detected on the road, 16 per cent in houses or sheds and nine per cent in parks.