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NSW Police say that officers uncovered more than $40 million worth of cannabis at Ellangowan. Photo NSW Police.

NSW Police say that four people have been charged after officers uncovered more than $40 million worth of cannabis inside industrial grow-houses on a rural property at Ellangowan.

Earlier this year, officers attached to Richmond Police District established Strike Force Birnam to investigate the cultivation and supply of cannabis across the state’s north coast.

Their inquiries uncovered a remote property which was being used for the large-scale cultivation of cannabis.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives executed a crime scene warrant at a property in Ellangowan – about 20km southeast of Casino – from 6am yesterday (Friday, 4 November).

They were assisted by Tactical Operations Regional Support (TORS), Dog Unit, Police Rescue, and other specialist resources throughout the operation.

The cannabis was grown inside industrial grow-houses on a rural property Photo NSW Police..

Police seized 8,388 cannabis plants

Investigators subsequently located and seized 8,388 cannabis plants, with an estimated potential street value of $40 million.

Six men – aged between 33 and 52 – were arrested during the operation and taken Casino Police Station.

Two of the men have since been released pending further inquiries.

A 33-year-old man has been charged with cultivate prohibited plant more than large commercial quantity and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity.

A 43-year-old man has been charged with cultivate prohibited plant more than large commercial quantity, participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, and recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.

A 49-year-old man has been charged with knowingly take part-cultivate more than large commercial quantity prohibited plant, and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity.

A 52-year-old man has been charged with cultivate prohibited plant more than large commercial quantity and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity.

All four men were refused bail to appear at Lismore Bail Court.

Investigations under Strike Force Birnam are ongoing.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. A plant that is part of the earth’s ecosystem, with remarkable healing properties.

    A threat to industry profits, so they used the oldest propaganda tricks to demonise it, influence politicians to legislate against it and get media to report it.

    The “smear wrap” they call it in us politics.

    And now, if you have powerful friends with money, you can grow it for profit legally, 24hrs a day under lights using waaaay more power and emissions than this crew.

    The war on pot is one of the biggest, most evil scams against arguably the most important natural medicine and environmentally harmonious industrial products (clothing, building, manufacturing) of all time, since the dawn of time.

  2. Yeah, and they try to make it seem like they are doing a GOOD thing !…..and that is the least of the police’s crimes against the public….. So much for Xmas cheer.l
    Cheers G”)

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