POLICE have seized $1.93 million worth of cannabis in the Great Lakes and Manning during the first group of raids in the 2011-2012 Cannabis Eradication Program. More than 965 plants, many almost near maturity, were located and seized in the operation along with 500 grams of dried cannabis during a car stop and search at Coolongolook. Two people were charged over the week-long operation including a 53-year-old woman found possessing a prohibited drug at Coolongolook. She was issued a court attendance notice to face Forster Local Court on January 11.
Officers from Strike Force Hyperion targeted cannabis crop sites throughout the Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command, including Tuncurry, Wallis Lake, Wooton, Coolongolook, Coopernook, Bulga, Elands, Old Bar, Taree and Wang Wauk. The Cannabis Eradication Program has been running since the mid 1980s with the NSW Police Force preventing more than $230 million worth of cannabis reaching NSW streets. As in previous years, the 2011-2012 operation will see police conduct a number of similar raids over the next few months in an ongoing effort to target cannabis cultivation.
Drug Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham, said the Cannabis Eradication Program was all about disrupting the cannabis supply chain in NSW by targeting the source. “Each year, illegal growers try to hide their crops in remote locations where they won’t be found, but we’ve got you in our sights. You won’t know where or when we’ll strike, but we will find you.”
via : GreatLakesAdvocate.com.au
You must be logged in to post a comment.