Tweed top for illegal drugs

THE Tweed Byron area has the third highest illegal drug problem in the state, Tweed MP Geoff Provest said.

And Mr Provest is demanding the State Government lift its game in order to tackle the problem.

“A question I put to the Police Minister has revealed over 53 kilograms of illicit drugs have been confiscated in the Tweed Byron Local Area Command in the past 12 months, including over 3500 cannabis plants,” Mr Provest said.

“That is a great achievement by our dedicated local police officers.

“However, I am advised it puts us in the worst three areas of NSW in terms of illegal drugs, yet the Tweed Byron Local Area Command does not even have a dedicated drug squad.”

Mr Provest said he raised this issue with the NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione recently, but he said his hands were tied because of limited resources.

“I also know from talking to local officers that we have a serious local problem of outlaw motorcycle gangs manufacturing illegal drugs for distribution in the lucrative Gold Coast market.”

Mr Provest said he would accompany police in the new year on a targeted action group raised.



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