The controversial annual Cannabis Eradication Program took place again across the Northern Rivers last week, with police announcing their seizures at a media conference on Thursday (February 7).
But even on the final day of the program, two arrests were made with support from the Polair helicopter.
Hopkins Creek flyover
Tweed Byron police said Polair ‘observed a large number of cannabis plants growing at the rear of the residence of a Hopkins Creek property’.
The 60-year-old male occupant later led police to ‘a large crop of cannabis plants located on his property making admissions to police’.
Police seized 257 plants from the property, with some over two metres in height.
Police claim the plants to have a street value of over $500,000.
The man was refused bail and appeared Byron Bay Local Court on Friday, February 8.
Meanwhile a 46-year-old male was arrested and charged with offences relating to cannabis leaf, cannabis plants, ammunition and cash after Polair observed several cannabis plants growing on a rural property near Tyalgum.
Police seized 46 cannabis plants, more than 20kg of cannabis leaf, ammunition and $1,295.00 cash.
The male was arrested and charged with cultivating a prohibited plant, possessing a prohibited drug, supplying cannabis, possessing ammunition without authority and dealing with proceeds of crime.
He was bailed to appear at Murwillumbah Local Court on March 26.