Officers from Strike Force Zambesi have seized over 200 cannabis plants after a house fire in Sydney’s south-west last night. About 10pm yesterday (Thursday 8 March 2012), police and emergency services were called to a house on Cabramatta Road, Bonnyrigg Heights, due to a fire. Police from Fairfield Local Area Command as well as NSW Fire and Rescue attended the scene and found the premises alight. The fire was contained in the ceiling of the lounge room of the home. Once inside, police discovered the home was being used to grow cannabis plants using the indoor hydroponic method. Police also discovered other rooms which they allege were being prepared for growing cannabis. An unlawful electrical by-pass was also allegedly detected, and rendered safe by technicians.
Officers from Strike Force Zambesi attended and seized 208 cannabis plants, with a potential street value of $695,000. Strike Force Zambesi is an initiative by the South West Metropolitan Region in collaboration with Local Area Commands to conduct an eradication of enhanced indoor hydroponic cannabis houses within the South West Metropolitan Region. Strike Force Zambesi was formed in April 2011 and to date has seized 11,300 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of $35,001,000 and 232kg of cannabis head with a street value of $1,895,000. Thirty-six persons have been arrested and 32 have been charged with cultivation, possess prohibited drugs, fraud matters and steal electricity offences. Three were released without charge.
via : police.nsw
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