POLICE have stopped more than 700 vehicles and raided three homes after they swarmed Moree and Narrabri in a targeted operation.
A drug dog was called in as officers made seven drug detections and handed out a long list of traffic infringements throughout the operation honing in on traffic, drug and property offenders.
Two homes in Moree were searched for illegal activities while officers also swept a Mungindi home for drugs.
“Officers attached to traffic and highway patrol across Western Region, detectives, Target Action Group, general duties and the drug dog unit were involved in the high visibility operation that saturated the townships of Moree and Narrabri,” Barwon crime manager Detective Inspector Gavin Rattenbury said.
“The disruption of drug networks in the Barwon Command is of high priority to police. Drugs, both legal and illegal, are a growing concern in rural communities.”
Detective Inspector Rattenbury said the impact span is much wider.
“Although only a minority of the community may use illicit drugs, the related effect includes family and social difficulties, mental health issues and drug related crime such as break-and-enters,” he said.