Fourteen arrested

FOURTEEN people were arrested last week as part of a high visibility police operation conducted in the Alpine area.

The high visibility drug operation was conducted by police from Monaro Local Area Command, together with police from The Hume Command and the NSW Police Dog Unit between Wednesday July 16 to July 20.

A total of 18 police were deployed to the area which included two police drug detection dogs.

Fifty-three people were searched with a total of 14 people arrested for a variety of drug, alcohol and anti social behaviour offences with 92 grams of cannabis - 8 grams of Cocaine and 7 capsules of a hallucinogen believed to be magic mushrooms - being seized.

During the operation police also concentrated on the behaviour of patrons at local hotels and other licensed premises. Police continue to be amazed at the attitude of patrons who refuse to leave licensed premises when they are told due to their intoxication level. This was again evident on the weekend with 15 people being issued with a $550 infringement notice for Fail to Quit Licensed Premises.

Detective Inspector Box reminded all patrons drinking at a licensed premises to heed the direction of staff.

"If you are told to leave the premises by the licensee or a staff member then leave or you commit the offence of Failing to Quit and you will receive an infringement notice for $550," he said.

"Police are fed up with patrons ignoring staff at the licensed premises. Patrons need to be be aware that if you fail to leave when asked there will be a consequence to your action."

Police will continue with the high visibility operations over the next few months targeting alcohol and anti social behaviour.

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