Australian police find cannabis forest worth more than $80M

A three-day police search in northeastern Australia has Friday unearthed 33,000 cannabis plants worth more than AU$82 million (US$80 million), The Courier-Mail reported.

Police from the state of Queensland conducted the search of a rural property in Mt Pelion, 620 miles (1,000km) north of the state capital, Brisbane, after executing a search warrant Wednesday.

The search turned up two sites being used for the production of more than 33,000 cannabis plants, ranging from seedlings to mature plants that are eight feet (2.4m) high.

The search was part of an operation which started in August and focused on Mt Pelion.

Police superintendent Mark Slater said the operation had targeted drug production, supply and distribution by organized syndicates in the area.

“We are extremely pleased with the results which are the culmination of several months of extensive investigations,” he said. “This operation is a further example of the work currently being undertaken throughout the state are we’re committed to disrupting major drug production and supply networks.”

Charges have yet to be laid.

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