ALMOST 1000 marijuana plants worth more than $3 million have been seized by NSW Police after they were allegedly found growing inside two homes west of Sydney.
Police raided a house on Coomassie Avenue at Faulconbridge, in the Blue Mountains, on Tuesday and allegedly found 650 cannabis plants growing inside the home.
Police said a number of rooms had been converted into hydroponic set-ups to help grow the plants, which had an estimated street value of $1.627 million.
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A 26-year-old man was arrested at the scene and has since been charged with a long list of drug-related offences, including cultivating cannabis indoors, organising a drug house and stealing electricity.
He was refused bail and expected to appear in Penrith Local Court today.
Meanwhile, police are still searching for the occupants of an elaborate drug house that was uncovered at Emu Plains, 17km away on the same day.
Police also raided the Hillcrest Road home on Tuesday morning and allegedly found 349 cannabis plants after receiving a tip-off from the member of the public.
Police said the plants – some of which were over one metre tall – were being grown using a “sophisticated” hydroponic system and were believed to be worth around $1.75 million.
No arrests have yet been made.
Tuesday’s raids came after firefighters uncovered a $30 million meth lab while responding to a fire alarm activation at a unit block in Sydney on Monday morning.
Police said more than 60kg of methylamphetamine was found inside an apartment which had allegedly been turned into a clandestine laboratory.
Officers are still searching for a man who was allegedly seen running away from the building before emergency services arrived. Read more here.
Anyone with any information that could assist police with either investigation is urged to come forward.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.