Cannabis unit raid nets $600,000 haul

A POLICE raid at Toormina has netted more than $600,000 worth of cannabis.

Officers from Sawtell and Coffs Harbour, acting on information, swooped on the Lalaguli Drive unit at 2pm on Sunday.

Acting Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Senior Sergeant Peter O'Reilly, said police seized 298 cannabis seedlings which were growing in foam boxes in a back courtyard.

"Those plants have a potential street value of $600,000," Sgt O'Reilly said.

Officers also uncovered 750 grams of cannabis leaf, worth an estimated $5000.

A Toormina man, 44, is charged with cultivating a prohibited plant, supplying a prohibited drug and possessing a prohibited drug. He will appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on June 4.

Another Toormina man, 29, will appear in court the same day for alleged cannabis possession.

"We obviously hope this seizure will have an impact on drug supply in the local area," Sgt O'Reilly said.

"We are always seeking the assistance of the public in these matters. We encourage them to call their local police, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

"All information will be treated discreetly and confidentially."

The haul follows another two weeks ago when police seized more than 10 kilograms of cannabis head, with an estimated street value of $200,000, in a raid at Lowanna.

Eight people will face court as a result of that swoop.



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