Police in $500,000 drug haul

NIMBIN police discovered a cannabis crop worth an estimated $500,000 in a drug raid near Nimbin on Tuesday morning.

Detective Sergeant Matt Kehoe praised the initiative of Nimbin police officers, saying their quick thinking ensured a successful bust.

“It was a sizable haul and great work on behalf of the general duties police,” he said. “They applied for a search warrant after sighting several plants while they were attending another dwelling at the same multiple-occupancy property over an unrelated matter.”

Police officers arrived shortly after 11am to execute the warrant at the Kyogle Road property.

Even the police were surprised to discover a commercial-sized plantation consisting of 386 plants of varying sizes, from 5cm seedlings to 1.5-metre tall plants.

Police estimate the plants have a mature street value of $486,000, constituting a commercial quantity of cannabis.

No one has been arrested yet, and police are continuing their investigations and hope to determine the owners of the plants soon.

Richmond crime manager Inspector Greg Moore said Nimbin police were recognised for their ability to work in with the community, and he congratulated Sgt Peter Bryant, who has recently taken over the reins of the Nimbin police station.

“This was a big haul for a domestic dwelling,” he said.

“Unfortunately that size of cannabis crop is not uncommon for this area.”

Anyone with information should call Lismore police on 6626 0599, or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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