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Police say they have seized $7.5 million worth of marijuana in five days in the Richmond Local Area Command alone as part their 30-year-old ‘Cannabis Eradication Program’.

The interestingly named Strike Force Hyperion comprises detectives from the Drug Squad’s Cannabis Team, the NSW Police Air Wing, Police Dog Unit, Radio Electronics Unit and officers from Richmond Local Area Command.

Hyperion is the name of an irregular-shaped outer satellite of the planet Saturn that, according to one dictionary definition, ‘tumbles chaotically’.

During the past week, cops claim to have raided more than 60 marijuana farms at locations in Kippenduff, Rappville, Clearfield, Busby Flat, Mummulgum, Bulldog, Drake, Nimbin, Blue Knob, Kyogle and Tabulam.

A total of 3734 plants have so far been seized and, according to police, destroyed.

Police warn the operation will involve even more raids over the next few months as their ongoing, expensive and futile attempt to eradicate marijuana cultivation continues.

Acting commander of the State Crime Command’s Drug Squad, detective acting superintendent Steve Patton, has warned growers, ‘We have the resources to find these crops and put a dent in the cannabis market’.


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