Drugs, python snake, rifle seized by New England detectives in Victoria Street, Red Range raid near Glen Innes

The diamond python.

The diamond python.

DRUGS, a firearm and a protected snake have been seized from a home during a targeted police raid in New England.

The 1.8m diamond python was unearthed by detectives during a search warrant at a Victoria St home in Red Range, near Glen Innes.

Police said the raid, at 10am on Thursday, was sparked by an investigation into the supply of drugs in the area.

“In excess of what police allege is 1kg of cannabis, amphetamines, ecstasy and LSD tabs were located,” New England Acting Inspector Matt Crotty told The Leader.

“Police also seized a .22 calibre rifle and ammunition and inquiries have revealed that firearm is unregistered.”

But officers had to call in extra help for a seizure of a different kind from the house.

“Also seized was a 1.8m Diamond Python snake which police allege the occupant does not hold a valid permit to possess,” Acting Inspector Crotty said.

“Police are making further inquiries with a 48-year-old male who was present at the search warrant.”

No one was arrested at the scene but police said charges are expected, following the seizure.

“This is a significant seizure in this sector of the New England Command and police do expect to lay charges,” Acting Inspector Crotty said.

“The combination of firearms and drugs is dangerous and it is always a concern for police.

The combination of firearms and drugs is dangerous and it is always a concern for police.

Acting Inspector Matt Crotty

“Our investigators are committed to disrupting the supply of prohibited drugs in our communities, and we will continue to investigate reports of illegal activity.”

Investigators said the items seized from the Red Range home would undergo forensic analysis as investigations continue.

But, despite no charges, police are promising to clamp down on drug dealers.

“New England police do make this warning, that if you're participating in criminal activity, if you’re supplying drugs and dealing in misery, and taking advantage of vulnerable people in our communities, including children,  you can expect a knock on the door from New England detectives,” Acting Inspector Crotty said.

“It is only a matter of time and you will be caught. 

“We know drugs contribute to other crimes in our community like property offences and we will continue to work with the community to stop this cycle of crime.”


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