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Police seize cannabis plants in Tweed Valley

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CannabisPolice have seized cannabis plants with a potential street value of more than $2.5 million after a major operation around Uki in the Tweed Valley this week.

Between Monday and yesterday (the first two days of this year’s Cannabis Eradication Program (CEP), police ripped up more than 1,200 cannabis plants from bushland around Uki.

The new commander of the NSW Drug Squad, detective superintendent Tony Cooke, said many of the plants seized had been located in thick, dense bushland.

‘We’ve had to trek into dense terrain to get some of these plants,’ Detective Superintendent Cooke said.

‘Because of the success of previous cannabis eradication programs, cannabis growers have been forced to plant smaller crops in deeper and denser sections of bushland than once was the case.

‘If you go back 15 years, the crops we were finding contained thousands of plants.

‘Nowadays, with growers desperately trying to avoid police detection, the crops are far more likely to be numbered in the dozens.

This week’s operation continues until Friday, when all the plants seized will be destroyed.

Officers from the SCC Drug Squad, the Dog Unit, the Aviation Support Branch (ASB), Metropolitan Radio Network Services and the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command are managing this week’s round.

The CEP has been running since the mid-1980s and, to date, has prevented cannabis with an estimated potential street value of more than $250 million reaching NSW streets, according to police.

The CEP is generally operational during cannabis growing season, which stretches from the late spring through summer and into early autumn.

Police ask that anyone with information concerning the growth, manufacture or distribution of illicit drugs contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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6 COMMENTS

  1. What a waist of time and tax payers money this hipocrites ! meanwhile the class A drugs and legal drugs are destroying our youth and society .Who do this Cretins think they fool ?
    Besides 1200 plants Is nothing for a population like Tweed .
    Worrying about weed what a waist of time , while this Hypocrites consume and deal Cocaine and anphetamines by the bucket loads , I worked in clubes,! I know, I ve seen them !!.

  2. Good to see the country’s finest getting this sort of thing out of the forests and back under lights where it belongs.
    Hopefully we’ll see a corresponding reduction in marihuana fueled violence on our streets.

  3. One can only feel sorry for these poor folks, such shallow and mean spirited consciousness actually faded out at the end of the 1960s, right? Meanwhile these good hearted men are stuck in a hideous time warp that has them actually believing they are doing a useful service to humanity. Pity the poor wives and girlfriends who have to hear tales of their brave heroes boasting about struggling through the dense Australian bush to…what?…err…pull up some harmless herbs, tragic.

  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvwz9WyI3OM

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2013/03/cannabis_crusader_dr_lester_grinspoon_on_his_40_years_of_marijuana_reform_and_meeting_a_beatle.php

    http://thomaskleppesto.tumblr.com/post/26149335063/the-relative-dangers-of-drugs-what-the-science-says

    The only violence about this plant is that imposed by the ignorant! It has many great benefits and has never killed anyone, unlike the “licit” drugs. Study!
    It was made illegal for opposition profits in 1937..first big oil/Dupont (plastic fibres) and Hearst newpapers (wood pulp), and then big pharma, profit prisons/enforcement, alcohol and tobacco drugs dealers, cartels (banks money laundering) and others in biz who did not want such big competition to their operations by truth. They lied and still do!

    Alcohol drugs are our most serious problem, yet denied by boozing politicians, enforcement, and other ignorant or bought off people. For fricks sake, wake up and learn the real truth. Help people rather than hurt them, not to mention insane wasted cost for nothing.

    Google up cannabis cure for cancer to start with. There’s a whole lot more! Above ground and in control, not underground and out of control. Dispensaries, overseas, have reduced violent alcohol crime while providing health help. This is a peaceful, insightful, connecting, for health plant with many other uses.. Study and be surprised.

  5. We need a police force and in principle i support them…however, we need a law that directs police attention to the evil bastard drugs that are flooding our society, and we all know which ones these are…..cannabis, like all drugs, isn’t ‘perfect’ but it definitely has its benefits – as all open-minded people already know……but while the police work against cannabis they’re letting all the crappy stuff escape our clutches !

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