THE widespread use of cannabis across the Tamworth area has been highlighted with five people detained for possessing the drug in the space of 24 hours this week.
Police from the Oxley Local Area Command swooped on unsuspecting locals across homes and streets in Tamworth and Gunnedah on Tuesday.
Their most significant arrest was during a police operation involving a drug detection dog in Tamworth.
Officers from the city’s Target Action Group searched a house on Goodwin St about 4pm on Tuesday and seized 93 grams of cannabis, as well as cash, an iPhone 5, video camera and drug paraphernalia .
Police will allege in court that the iPhone was allegedly stolen during a break-in in Tamworth.
A 25-year-old man was charged with drug supply, having suspected stolen goods in custody and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Police granted him conditional bail and he is expected to appear in Tamworth court on March 11.
Earlier in Tamworth a 43-year-old woman was issued a notice to attend court for drug possession after her car was stopped by police on Robert St.
Officers searched the woman’s car and allegedly found a small amount of cannabis just before 11am.
Just before 4pm, police issued a cannabis caution to a man who was stopped in his car on Petra Ave.
Police said a foil package containing cannabis was found in the car.
In Gunnedah a 21-year-old man was issued a cannabis caution after he was stopped while walking on View St just before noon on Tuesday.
Police searched the man and allegedly found a “stick” of cannabis on him.
On the same street about 15 minutes later a man was issued a notice to attend court for drug possession.
Police said the 46-year-old man pulled into the driveway of a house. He was questioned by officers about drugs in his car and 8.35g of cannabis was found in the glove box.
The regions crime manager Inspector Phil O’Reilly said residents could expect operations and police work of this nature to continue.