$4.6m cannabis crop raid
CANNABIS worth $4.6 million was seized by police in the third raid of its kind so far this year.
Officers from Strike Force Unwin, which is made up of detectives from the Drug Squad’s Cannabis Team, the NSW Police Air Wing, Dog Squad and the Mid North Coast Local Area Command, were targeting the Cooperabung National Park and state forests in the Taylors Arm and Bowraville areas.
In the raid, which began last Monday and finished on Saturday, police located and seized 2300 plants, some up to three metres high.
The raid brings the total estimated street value of plants seized so far to $17.6 million.
All plants have now been destroyed.
The NSW Police Cannabis Eradication Program will continue to conduct similar raids over the next few months in an ongoing effort to target cannabis cultivation.
Drug Squad commander, Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham, warned “you won’t know where or when we will strike”.
“Our aim is to detect and destroy cannabis crops around the state,” Commander Bingham said.
“Whether it is a semi-rural crop or on a steep hillside in a remote area, there’s a very high chance police will find it.
“If you think you are safe growing cannabis, then think again,” he said.