Police have seized more than 12,000 cannabis plants as part of this year’s Cannabis Eradication Program on the state’s north.
The annual Drug and Firearms Squad-led operation targeted outdoor cultivation of cannabis across Northern NSW and targeted crops in the Coffs Coast and Clarence River regions last week.
During this season’s program, police seized 12,096 plants, with an estimated potential street value of more than $24.2 million.
Drug and Firearms Squad detectives were assisted by officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District, as well as PolAir, the Dog Unit, Rural Crime Investigators, and other specialist units.
During the week in the Coffs Clarence Police District, police seized 2748 cannabis plants, most of which were at full-maturity.
The plants would have an estimated potential street value of almost $5.5 million.
In addition, seven people were charged with offences relating to the cultivation of cannabis.
Across the full operation, officers also seized about 30kg of cannabis head and leaf, 1kg of cannabis resin, and various calibres of ammunition.
In total, 25 people were served Court Attendance Notices for various drug and firearms/ammunition offences.