New England top of the cannabis crops
THE New England region was top of the crops during the annual police cannabis eradication program with more than double the number of plants destroyed than were seized in the traditional pot heartland around Nimbin.
In total 4860 plants were seized and destroyed in the New England, compared to 2500 in Richmond and Coffs Clarence and 1469 in Tweed Byron.
Police estimate the total street value of plants seized during the 2014/2015 program to be more than $22 million.
During the key cannabis growing season, from late spring to early autumn, police conduct targeted aerial and ground surveillance to detect and destroy illegal cannabis crops.
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Many of the crops are located in dense bushland, and crop sizes range from just a few plants to several hundred.
Plant sizes can reach three to four metres in height.
The 2014/15 program targeted cannabis crops in the New England, Richmond, Coffs Clarence and Tweed Byron Local Area Commands, with almost 12,000 plants seized and destroyed.
A number of people were stopped by police and will face court on offences such as cultivate prohibited plant and possess prohibited drug.
Since it was established in the 1980s, the Cannabis Eradication Program has seized and destroyed plants with an estimated potential street value of $300 million.
Anyone with any information about the growth, manufacture or distribution of illegal drugs is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.