A SEMI-AUTOMATIC gun, knives, ice, steroids, cannabis and a large quantity of cash were among the items seized during one of the region's biggest drug raids.
A team of about 30 officers from police stations across the Richmond Local Area Command (LAC) as well as officers from the Tweed Byron LAC were involved in the raids.
They began at about 7.30am yesterday morning, executing warrants at four homes in East Lismore, Tuckombil, Goonellabah and Tweed Heads West.
Two storage facilities at Alstonville and Ballina were also searched.
As a result, police arrested four men and a woman who were taken to the Lismore Police Station where they remain in custody.
Included in the haul of seized items were four handguns (including one semi-automatic), more than $100,000 in cash, knives, methylamphetamine (ice), cannabis, steroids, hard drives, mobile phones and lap tops.
Richmond LAC Crime Manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said the operation had been six months in the making.
He said Strike Force Tucker was formed in April this year to investigate the supply of ice on the North Coast.
"We will allege that this investigation has uncovered a large-scale drug syndicate within this area," Det. Insp. Lindsay said. "This is a substantial seizure today and I expect that it will have a dramatic impact on the availability of ice within this area.
"We will allege that these drugs were bound for the streets of Lismore, within Tweed/Byron and also in Casino and Ballina."
The East Lismore residence where illicit drugs were seized was directly opposite a primary school.
"That location to me is just despicable," Det. Insp. Lindsay said. "To have these people supply this insidious drug in such an area is terrible."
While Det. Insp. Lindsay wouldn't confirm whether yesterday's raids were related to the two drug busts on High St last month where a clandestine cocaine lab, home-made guns and methylamphetamine were uncovered, he did confirm there had been other arrests made in connection with this investigation.
"We will allege there have been other arrests made in connection with this investigation and that we've worked our way up from the street level dealers and now into the high end of this syndicate," he said.
"I think there is definitely a link between ice and these dangerous weapons."
Police are urging anyone with information about the manufacture or supply of illegal drugs to contact their local police station immediately or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
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