Five People Charged After $6M Cannabis Bust In NSW
NSW police have dismantled a hydroponic syndicate and seized cannabis worth more than $6 million, charging five people with over 50 offences.
Nineteen search warrants were executed in Bankstown, Yagoona, Condell Park, Greenacre, Riverwood, Penshurst, Bexley, Campsie and Strathfield at around 7am Wednesday 11th July, resulting in the arrest of four men and one woman.
The special task force, Strike Force Grassy established back in 2011 to specifically investigate the indoor cultivation of cannabis across the Central Metropolitan Region, made the arrests and laid over 50 charges.
“Make no mistake - this is organised crime. Those involved simply want to make a profit no matter the cost,” said Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Bell, commander of Redfern Region Enforcement Squad.
“We want to disrupt every aspect of their operation by not only taking way their infrastructure, but getting these criminals off the street.
“Hydroponic houses have the potential to put surrounding houses and people in danger and they can be anywhere. This group used a diverse range of suburbs to try and hide their activities.”
The public has been urged to alert authorities is they notice anything suspicious occurring in their area.