More than 12,500 cannabis plants with an estimated potential street value in excess of $16 million, have been seized throughout the Richmond Local Area Command over the course of the last three weeks.
Last week, from Monday 23 November through to Thursday 26 November, police from the State Crime Command’s Drug Squad joined the Police Air Wing, PolAir, and local officers in raiding illegal crop sites as part of the Cannabis Eradication Program.
Throughout the course of the week, officers raided cannabis crops at locations including Cawongla, Wadeville, New Italy, Double Duke, Jackie Bulbin, Mumblegum, Bulldog and Ewingar.
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More than 4000 plants, with an estimated potential street value in excess of $8 million, were seized.
This week’s raids follow the discovery of a large, sophisticated crop, housing more than 8500 plants earlier this month. The crop, which was bordered by a 150m-long by 50m-wide stockproof fence, was discovered off a secluded walking trail within the Bundjalung National Park on Wednesday 11 November 2015.
The crop was found by personnel attached to Operation Bindiguy, a high-visibility contingent of Richmond Rural Crime Investigators and National Parks and Wildlife Services staff.
A total of 8605 plants, most of them juvenile, were found at the location. The estimated potential street value of the crop is about $8.6 million.