Detectives have charged an eighth person following the seizure of nearly $10 million worth of cannabis in the state’s Central West last month.

In December 2019, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad established Strike Force Emerstan to investigate the cultivation and supply of cannabis across the state’s Central West.

Their inquiries uncovered a rural property near Dubbo being used for the cultivation of cannabis.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives, with assistance from Orana Mid-Western Police District, Western Region Enforcement Squad and the Dog Unit, executed a crime scene warrant at a property at Ballimore, about 40km east of Dubbo, on Monday 27 April 2020.

Officers located and seized more than 2440 cannabis plants and 427kg of dried cannabis, with an estimated potential street value of more than $9.6 million.

Five men – aged 26, 40, 42, 45 and 52 – and two women – aged 34 and 59 – were arrested and charged. All seven remain before the courts.

Following further investigations, officers arrested a 36-year-old man at Cabramatta Police Station about 4pm yesterday (Thursday 21 May 2020).

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