Police seize $5 million worth of cannabis in raids
POLICE have found cannabis with an estimated potential street value of $5 million during their latest local round of raids in the Drug Squad's Cannabis Eradication Program.
Detectives from the Drug Squad's Cannabis Team were joined by local police, the Aviation Support Branch (Polair) and the Communications Group this week to target outdoor cannabis crops throughout the Richmond Local Area Command.
Areas targeted included bushland near The Channon, Nimbin, Tuntable Falls, Lennox Head, Ballina, Suffolk Park, Teven, Whian Whian, Terania Creek, Ferneligh and Wardell.
More than 2500 cannabis plants, many of which were more than a metre tall, were seized by police and will be destroyed today.
Three people were stopped and spoken to by police and will be issued court attendance notices for the offence of cultivate prohibited plant.
Inquiries into those responsible for a number of other crop sites are continuing.
The Cannabis Eradication Program has been running since the mid 1980s and has prevented cannabis with an estimated potential street value of more than $250 million reaching NSW streets.
The program runs during the outdoor cannabis-growing season, which stretches from late spring to early autumn.
Police ask that anyone with information concerning the growth, manufacture or distribution of illicit drugs contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to the cultivation of cannabis to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
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