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Police say they’ve seized almost $58 million worth of cannabis plants from a property in Ellangowan, south of Casino.

The bust is reportedly the result of an investigation by the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad with the help of local police.

Officers on Tuesday carried out a crime scene warrant, which included the presence of police helicopters, and say they found nineteen large greenhouses.

They say they’ve seized and will destroy 16,500 cannabis plants from the Ellangowan property, with an estimated street value of almost $58 million dollars.

Police have reporteredly spent Tuesday and Wednesday dismantling the greenhouses and taking other items of interest for forensic examination.

Investigations are ongoing but police were yet to make any arrests as of Friday morning.

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  1. What a bloody waste! Think of the millions in tax the government is forgoing by not legalising and taxing the herb. It’s insane!

  2. SO GLAD TO SEE SO MANY SENSIBLE COMMENTS. Tao is absolutely right a massive amount of taxes has been lost to the community. Our drug laws need updating & dope definitely decriminalising. ADDITIONALLY HOW MUCH DID THIS ‘BUST’ COST THE UNSUSPECTING TAX PAYERS OF NSW? We heard the helicopters over head on Tues & wondered what was going on , especially considering the weather ??? Many lives are ruined due to cannabis growing or use , whilst in other more progressive nations decriminalisation has already happened & society is the better for it. Drug use HASN’T escalated , crime is reduced & the public purse is richer…….a no brainer, BUT NOT for this draconian Govt.

    • Actually, drug abuse decreases after legalisation, as violent crime does when gun laws are removed.
      How many dollars are spent, and how many people are hired etc for this stuff?
      That’s the point of laws we know cause the opposite of their stated intent.
      Governments want to grow.
      They have to create problems that you need them to solve otherwise you would want less government and that makes civil servants sad.

  3. governments should be representing the general view of the public !!! they actually work for us !! That seems to have been lost somewhere along the way,
    we need pollys with some common sense for **** sake ! Evolution should see us living with less laws and government as time moves on .New laws come in and old laws get dropped ! But we just keep making new laws and they are just stacking up to high and is a real threat to our freedom of rights . Something has to give and it should be our government

  4. are we so desperate to see cannabis legalized we are willing to allow the goverment to manage and tax tax tax, free the weed is the only acceptable outcome having weed turned into a tobbaco like product managed by the ato would be a tragedy and the worst outcome.

  5. More importantly is the effect these laws have had on hemp.
    Henry Ford’s original Model-T car were mostly made of hemp. Most hemp products are superior to there replacements.


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