Six people have been charged following the seizure of $17 million worth of cannabis at a rural property in the state’s north near Grafton.
In November 2019, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad established Strike Force Harthouse to investigate the cultivation of cannabis across NSW.
Their inquiries uncovered a property near Grafton using 13 large industrial grow houses to cultivate cannabis.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force investigators, with assistance from Coffs/Clarence Police District, the Rural Crime Prevention Team, Coffs Harbour Region Enforcement Squad, and the Dog Unit, arrested five men – aged 25, 41, 45, 48 and 53 – and a 46-year-old woman at a rural property at Kremnos, about 30km south of Grafton, about 7am yesterday (Wednesday 22 January 2020).
A crime scene warrant was executed at the property where investigators seized about 5,200 cannabis plants, with an estimated potential street value of $15.6 million, and about 200kg of cannabis head, with an estimated potential street value of $1.4 million.
The group have all been charged and will appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court later today (Thursday, 23 January, 2020).
In the mean time permission to grow cannabis in NSW is being given to a number of companies for medicinal use and research.