Eight Tweed people on drug charges



EIGHT people will face court in coming weeks on charges stemming from a three-month investigation targeting cannabis cultivation and supply on the Tweed.

On Wednesday, August 3, 2005, police attached to Strike Force Belconnen executed search warrants at five properties in Banora Point and Tweed Heads. A large quantity of cannabis plants, leaf matter and hydroponic equipment was seized. The haul has an estimated value in excess of $1 million. On Tuesday, October 11, 2005, investigators conducted further raids at Banora Point and Tweed Heads.

Police have so far charged five men and three women in relation to the seizure:

l A 37-year-old Tweed Heads man and a 32-year-old Banora Point man have been charged with supply and cultivation of cannabis and were granted conditional bail to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on Decem- ber 5.

l A 46-year-old Banora Point man and a 60-year-old Banora Point woman have been bailed to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on November 7, charged with supply, cultivate and possess cannabis and theft of electricity.

l A 46-year-old Banora Point man will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on November 7, charged with supply, cultivation and possession of cannabis and theft of electricity.

l A 58-year-old Banora Point man has been granted conditional bail to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on December 5, charged with supply, cultivate and possess cannabis and theft of electricity.

l A 25-year-old Banora Point man has been charged with supply, cultivation and possession of cannabis, while his 32-year-old female partner has been charged with knowingly taking part in the cultivation of cannabis and the theft of electricity. Both have been granted conditional bail and will appear in court on November 7.

l A 30-year-old Banora Point woman has been charged with knowingly take part in the cultivation of cannabis and has been bailed to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on November 21.

Strike Force Belconnen is continuing its inquiries into this matter. Anyone with information is urged to contact Tweed Heads Police Station on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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