DRUG BUST: Arrests to 'disrupt illegal trade', say police
UPDATE 4PM: POLICE believe the arrests made today will disrupt illegal drug trade throughout the Grafton area.
Coffs/Clarence Police District crime manager detective Acting Inspector Peter O'Reilly said the investigation into the alleged drug supply syndicate had been spearheaded by a dedicated team of detectives to catch the alleged drug dealers and "put them out of play".
"These arrests will certainly disrupt the illegal drug trade around the Grafton area, and we will continue to investigate to ensure our community is safe," Inspector O'Reilly said.
"It's a significant drug supply syndicate for Grafton, I would anticipate it would have a significant impact on crime in the Grafton and South Grafton areas.
"We anticipate the investigators will be arresting further people in coming days in relation to drug supply and other related offences."
He said there had been seizures throughout investigations into the syndicate ahead of today's raids which involved about 30 officers from various units.
He encouraged anyone with information on this or other matters to come forward to police.
He said the arrests today were another indication to the community of how police are working to address crime.
UPDATE: FIVE men allegedly involved in an organised drug syndicate in the Grafton region have been arrested.
Investigations into a drug syndicate operating in the Grafton area since March led police to seize $20,000 of methylamphetamine, an amount of marijuana and $5,000 cash when police searched locations in Grafton, South Grafton and Halfway Creek about 8.30am today.
Coffs/Clarence Police District crime manager detective Acting Inspector Peter O'Reilly said there had been seizures throughout investigations into the syndicate.
"It's a significant drug supply syndicate for Grafton, I would anticipate it would have a significant impact on crime in the Grafton and South Grafton areas," Insp O'Reilly said.
Five men aged between 24 and 51 have been arrested and taken to Grafton Police Station.
Insp O'Reilly said those arrested were known to police.
All men will be charged with various drugs offences to face Grafton Local Court today and tomorrow.
ORIGINAL STORY: FIVE people have been arrested after Coffs/Clarence Police District executed a series of coordinated search warrants at four separate locations across the Clarence Valley this morning.
The raids took place at locations in Grafton, South Grafton and Halfway Creek around 8.30am this morning.
Coffs/Clarence Police District crime manager Acting Inspector Peter O'Reilly addressed the media at Grafton Police Station at 12.30pm today in relation to the coordinated raids.
Police seized a quantity of methamphetamine, which had an estimated street value of $20,000. Police also seized marijuana and $5000 cash.
Five people were arrested on a number of serious drug-related charges to face Grafton Local Court this afternoon.
MORE TO COME.