Three people have been charged after nearly $15m worth of cannabis plants were seized in the state’s Macarthur Region.
In February 2023, officers attached to Camden Police Area Command’s Proactive Crime Team commenced investigations into the cultivation of cannabis on rural properties across the south-west metropolitan area.
As a result, police have seized a total of 5,500 plants and 240kg of cannabis bud, with a combined estimated street value of just under $30m.
As part of ongoing inquiries, about 1.40pm on Friday 21 April 2023, investigators – with assistance from the Public Order and Riot Squad and Dog Squad – executed a search warrant at a property on Prices Road, Douglas Park.
On arrival, a 36-year-old man attempted to flee on foot into bushland but was arrested a short time later. A 52-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man were also arrested at the scene.
During a search of the property, police allegedly located 2,817 cannabis plants, 14 greenhouses, and equipment consistent with the manufacturing of cannabis.
With assistance from officers attached to Burwood, Fairfield, Bankstown and Campbelltown Police Area Commands, the crop was dismantled and destroyed.
The three people were taken to Narellan Police Station where they were charged with knowingly take part-cultivate >=large commercial quantity and found on/entering/leaving drug premises.
They were refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court today (Sunday 23 April 2023).