Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

It's Time to DOB in a Dealer; CRAIG MCTEAR Reports on the Battle to Tackle the Supply and Distribution of Drugs in the Nambucca Valley

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

It's Time to DOB in a Dealer; CRAIG MCTEAR Reports on the Battle to Tackle the Supply and Distribution of Drugs in the Nambucca Valley

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Byline: Craig McTear craig.mctear@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

THE war against illegal drugs in the Nambucca Valley and further afield continues to rage.

To that end, Mid North Coast local area command police urge local residents to 'dob in a dealer' in a bid to tackle the supply and distribution of drugs.

Operation Panelling was established in December last year to investigate the commercial cultivation and supply of cannabis in the area.

Police have since dismantled a highly-organised syndicate allegedly involved in the cultivation and supply of cannabis across the region, and have made numerous arrests.

Investigators regularly execute search warrants in the Nambucca Valley in connection with drug-related activity, and they've also been focusing on the Hastings, Manning and Oxley areas.

To date, investigators have seized more than 1400 cannabis plants, almost 200kg of cannabis leaf, and cash. It is estimated the potential street value of the seized drugs is more than $4 million. …

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