Police have seized 336 cannabis plants.
Police have seized 336 cannabis plants.

$700k of cannabis seized at Wardell

CANNABIS with a street value of almost $700,000 and an assortment of weapons were seized during an early morning raid at Wardell yesterday.

At 7am, police officers attached to the Richmond Target Action Group swooped on a rural property on Pimlico Rd, Wardell.

During the bust, police discovered an elaborate and extensive hydroponic set-up in a house and number of sheds on the property, Richmond local area command crime manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore said.

“As a result of an ongoing investigation, police executed a search warrant at the premises,” he said.

Police seized 336 plants, 21kg of dry leaf cannabis and growing equipment from a number of hydroponic indoor cannabis growing rooms.

A sword, flick knife, expandable baton and knuckle busters were also seized.

Police also allege the property’s occupants, who were home at the time of the raid, were stealing electricity to power the hydro system.

One of the sheds was humming from the electricity hook-up, Det Insp Moore said.

“Police have concerns about the stealing of electricity not only because it’s an actual offence, but done incorrectly it can be very dangerous,” he said.

An electrician was called to the property to safely cut-off the electricity supply.

Police expect the raid will have an effect on the availability of drugs on the street.

“It’s a large quantity and we believe it will interrupt the local distribution of cannabis,” Det Insp Moore.

“Because of the size of the seizure, some of the cannabis was destroyed on site.”

Two residents, a 39-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, were arrested at the scene.

Police officers spent yesterday interviewing them at Ballina Police Station.

The man was charged with the cultivation of a large commercial quantity of cannabis, supply cannabis, possession of prohibited weapons and steal or interfere with electricity supply.

He was refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court on June 16. The woman was charged with knowingly taking part in the cultivation of cannabis.

She was granted conditional bail to appear in Lismore Local Court on June 30.

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