Two charged after drugs, firearms and cash seized
DRUGS, firearms and cash with a street value of almost $100,000 has been seized by police after a search of homes in Coffs Harbour and Upper Orara.
Two men were charged as part of ongoing investigations targeting large-scale, mid-level, and serious crimes by police from the Coffs Harbour Region Enforcement Squad (RES).
At about 8.30am on Wednesday, RES officers spoke with two men at Cudgen Headland. Police searched the men and allegedly located illicit drugs and cash.
As a result, officers executed a search at a home on Albany Street in Coffs Harbour and Jaboh Close in Upper Orara.
During these searches police allegedly found a hydroponic house set-up, cocaine, cannabis, cash, nine firearms and ammunition.
Two 37 year-old men were arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.
The first man was charged with possess prohibited drug and supply prohibited drug - indictable quantity.
The second was charged with supply cannabis - indictable quantity, possess cannabis - indictable quantity and two counts of possess prohibited drug.
Both men were refused bail and will appear at Byron Bay Local Court today.
Northern Region Operations Manager, Detective Superintendent Wayne Humphrey said the RES Unit is made up of specially-trained police to disrupt drug supply, gun crime and criminal syndicates that have a harmful effect on the community.
"This is a significant amount of drugs off our streets, with an estimated street value of $95,000," Det Supt Humphrey said.
"Those who are intent on distributing illicit drugs, that affect the everyday lives of members of the community, will be identified and put before the courts.
"Police are specially trained to identify and investigate these matters, and we ask members of the community for assistance. If you have any information about someone who is manufacturing or supplying drugs, contact Crime Stoppers."