Guns, cash found at NSW 'hydro' house

Perry Duffin

A raid on a suspected drug syndicate operating on the NSW mid-north coast has unearthed a hydroponic house containing almost $100,000 worth of illicit substances, nine guns and cash.

The Coffs Harbour Region Enforcement Squad - one of a series of new police units designed to disrupt organised crime outside the major cities - searched two men at Kingscliff, just south of Tweed Heads, on Wednesday morning.

The pair were allegedly carrying illicit drugs and cash.

Officers then swooped on a house in Coffs Harbour and another at Upper Orara, 17 kilometres inland, where they allegedly found a hydroponic house, cocaine, cannabis, cash, nine guns and ammunition.

Robert Cooper and Matthew Stephen Hunter, both 37, were charged with drug offences and were granted bail at Byron Bay Local Court on Thursday.

"This is a significant amount of drugs off our streets, with an estimated street value of $95,000," NSW Police Detective Superintendent Wayne Humphrey said in a statement on Thursday.

"Those who are intent on distributing illicit drugs, that affect the everyday lives of members of the community, will be identified and put before the courts."

AAP understands the men are not known members of an outlaw motorcycle club.

The pair must report to a police station daily, cannot contact one another and must not use drugs or alcohol while on bail, court documents show.

They are expected to reappear before Tweed Heads Local Court on August 22.