A man smokes synthetic acid only meters away from a kids playground on the main beach of Byron Bay. Picture: Nathan Edwards
A man smokes synthetic acid only meters away from a kids playground on the main beach of Byron Bay. Picture: Nathan Edwards

More cops to patrol drug hit in 'drug-riddled' Byron Bay

DESPERATE police are beefing up their Byron Bay presence in response to out-of-control drug use.

The Daily Telegraph yesterday revealed a celebrity playground riddled with the drug ice, beset by a string of violent outbursts by erratic drug users. In one instance, a naked 23-year-old Canadian backpacker jumped on to the windscreen of a police car then repeatedly headbutted the vehicle, smashing the glass.

The damaged police vehicle. Picture: Supplied
The damaged police vehicle. Picture: Supplied

Our investigation uncovered examples of addicts blatantly using drugs in public places around the coastal paradise, including in playgrounds in broad daylight.

"In these incidents, we've seen other innocent individuals risk their safety too, including first responders," Police Minister Troy Grant said.

"This sort of behaviour is the last thing they should have to deal with as part of their daily duties. We make no apology whatsoever for enforcing the law when it comes to the use and trafficking of illicit drugs."

 

A man smokes synthetic acid only meters away from a kids playground on the main beach of Byron Bay. Picture: Nathan Edwards
A man smokes synthetic acid only meters away from a kids playground on the main beach of Byron Bay. Picture: Nathan Edwards

And now The Daily Telegraph has confirmed Police Commissioner Mick Fuller allocated eight new positions for experienced general duties police and detectives at the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command in December to help in the fight.

The extra police were appointed amid a surge in arrests in the region in the six months to January - 499 people for drug possession and another 59 for supply.



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