POLICE have seized over three-million-dollars worth of cannabis during a massive state-wide drug blitz that allegedly uncovered 1300 plants, more than 1000 of which were allegedly found inside an unoccupied home in the state’s north.
Acting on information, Police from the Richmond Local Area Command stormed and searched a property on Peckhams Road at Ewingar in Northern NSW, roughly 80km inland of Evans Head, about 10.50am on Thursday.
No one was home at the time of the raid which allegedly uncovered over 1000 cannabis plants to the value of over two-million-dollars.
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A short time later, police raided a factory at Lansvale in Sydney’s west where they allegedly uncovered an extensive hydroponic cannabis operation containing approximately 240 plants with an estimated street value of just over one-million-dollars.
A 39-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and charged with cultivating a large commercial quantity of a prohibited plant, possessing a prohibited drug and using electricity without authority.
Then, about 4.15pm that afternoon, police executed a third search warrant at an Evans Street home in Penrith where they allegedly found another hydroponic cannabis setup, this time cultivating 132 plants.
Investigations into both the first and third discoveries are continuing.
Meanwhile, police are encouraging community members to be on the look-out for the seven tell tale indicators of drug manufacturing:
- Strange odours emanating from the property
- Diverted electricity
- Chemical containers and waste
- Blacked out windows
- Hoses and pipes in strange places
- Blinds down, with extremely bright indoor lighting radiating through gaps
- Vehicles arriving at odd hours
Police urge anyone with information about suspicious properties to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.