Drugs, weapons discovered

Northern Rivers police raids net $836,340 in drugs LSD, ecstasy, crystal meth, cocaine, amphetamines and cannabis were among the haul of drugs worth $836,340 seized by police in multiple Northern Rivers raids on Wednesday.

Police also confiscated unlicensed firearms including a double-barrelled shotgun, a .22 calibre rifle, a .177 air rifle and a Steyr pistol, with associated ammunition, during the raids.

The raids, in sheds and on properties at Dunoon, Federal, Konorigan and Kingscliff, and in a car at Lismore, were part of joint Operation Savoy by police from the Richmond and Tweed-Byron commands.

Two brothers aged 18 and 20, one from Nimbin and one from Lismore, and a 48-year-old Dunoon man, have been charged.

They will appear in Lismore Court on charges relating to drug cultivation, possession and supply.

Some of the cannabis plants were grown in elaborate hydro- ponic setups, while others were grown on secret bush blocks, Snr Const Michael Hogan said.

He said hydroponic cannabis was considered more dangerous because it was more likely to induce psychosis and was related to breast enlargement in men because of oestrogens used as a fertiliser.

Insp Owen King, of Byron Bay police, said yesterday was the final day of a week-long cannabis detection and eradication operation in the Northern Rivers region.

A Sydney police helicopter has been undertaking aerial searches throughout the region over this time, he said.

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