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Source: http://m.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/popular-alternative-lifestyle-town-of-nimbin-becomes-target-of-police-drug-raids/story-fnje8bkv-1227055327565 Popular alternative lifestyle town of Nimbin becomes target of police drug raids THE grass may be greener on the other side of Nimbin for residents this afternoon, with reports of widespread police raids in the town known for its relaxed attitude to drugs. Police have arrested eight people and seized two kilograms of cannabis after a cafe and bookshop were raided as part of an ongoing drug operation in the Nimbin area. Seventy police, along with specialist officers, swooped on the town as part of Operation Oleary established by the Richmond Local Area Command. Its alleged the arrested have been involved in the ongoing supply of drugs; including cannabis, LSD, MDMA and prescription medication. Police will also allege the two businesses raided were selling prohibited drugs from the stores. The operation remains ongoing, with a simultaneous drug dog operation targeting the entire township. A third search warrant is being executed at a residential address in Jiggi, where police have allegedly located a large amount of mature cannabis plants. One business owner, who did not want to be named, said police arrived at about 11am and started randomly drug testing people in the street. She said there was a drug forensic bus, the riot squad and sniffer dogs in the towns main street. Theyre randomly drug testing people in the street, swabbing them, and they arrested someone for swearing. They raided a bookshop in town and the Oasis Café, closed them down for business and went through all their customers there. Its bad for the town because everyones just minding their own business and day-trippers are here to enjoy the scenery and it puts a very horrible vibe on the place. Richmond Local Area Commander Superintendent Greg Martin said todays arrests are the culmination of six months work by his Drug Unit. As a result of this operation, we have dismantled a criminal group we allege was responsible for supplying significant amounts of drugs throughout the Nimbin area, Superintendent Martin said. Im aware of the reputation this area has had for a number of years, in regard to drug use and supply. Concerns from members of the community have triggered todays action, and the results should demonstrate that we are committed to working on this issue. Those charged with ongoing drug supply face up to 25 years jail. We will continue to target drug offenders and treat them with the seriousness they deserve, he said. The operation is still underway. Further seizures and arrests are expected.