Drug raids continue

POLICE are continuing their investigations into last week’s $4.1 million cannabis haul on the Coffs Coast.

Strike Force Unwin was a week-long operation as part of the Cannabis Eradication Program and comprised local police, the Drug Squad’s Cannabis Team, the Police Air Wing and the Dog Squad.

Police targeted Repton, Boambee, Korora, Emerald Beach, Corindi, Sandon, Woombah, Ashby, Tyndale, Iluka, Billys Creek, Dorrigo and Bellingen during the blitz.

A number of men are still being questioned by detectives following the discovery of as many as 2200 plants, some up to three metres tall.

The cannabis was destroyed at the Thora mill on Friday.

To date, Strike Force Unwin officers have seized plants with a total estimated potential street value of $21.7m.

The NSW Police Cannabis Eradication Program has been running since the mid-1980s and officers will conduct more raids in coming months to target cannabis cultivation.

“You won’t know where or when we’ll strike but we’ve got your crops in our sights,” said Drug Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham.

“Whether it’s a semi-rural crop or on a steep mountainside in a remote part of the State, there’s a very high chance police will find it.

“If you think you’re safe growing cannabis, then think again.”

If you can help with this ongoing investigation, you are urged to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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