HOMES and pubs were raided for drugs, a police officer was assaulted and scores of revellers were hit with fines during a massive police blitz on the weekend.
Police from across the Griffith command, assisted by a drug detection dog, swarmed a number of licensed premises on Saturday night as part of Operation Vikings.
Three men - a 29-year-old Irish backpacker and two Griffith men aged 28 and 48 - will face Griffith Local Court next month after they were found to be carrying prohibited drugs.
Dozens more patrons were searched after the dog indicated they may have been in contact with prohibited drugs and most admitted to having used drugs or been in the presence of someone who had recently used them.
An officer was assaulted at a Griffith club when a patron became aggressive over the presence of the drug dog.
Six people in total were issued with $550 on the spot fines after they became agitated over the raids on clubs across Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera and Darlington Point and failed to leave the premises despite police direction.
Police also executed search warrants on homes in Middleton Avenue and Kookora Street on Saturday and located a small amount of prohibited drugs.
A 48-year-old Griffith man was issued with a cannabis caution notice, while a 26-year-old Griffith man was ordered to face court for possessing a prohibited drug.
Griffith Police Inspector Tony Reneker said the reaction of some people towards police and the drug dog was “disappointing”.
“The sight of police and drug detection dogs in licensed premises is something people will need to get used to,” Inspector Reneker said.
“It is disappointing to see some people becoming aggressive and abusive towards police but this will not cause us to back away from these types of operations.”
Meanwhile, police are investigating a serious assault that occurred outside a take away food outlet in Kooyoo Street Griffith in the early hours of Saturday morning.
A 31-year-old Sydney man was knocked unconscious at about 1am and suffered severe bruising, lacerations and a broken tooth.
Police have identified a number of witnesses and will view CCTV this week in an attempt to identify the attacker.
Anybody who may have information about the matter is asked to contact Griffith Police on 6969 4299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.