Some of the cannabis crops taken from the latest sting by police
Some of the cannabis crops taken from the latest sting by police Darin Reilly

Cannabis plants with $16m street value seized

MORE  than 12,500 cannabis plants - with an estimated potential street value in excess of $16 million - have been seized throughout the Richmond Local Area Command over the course of the last three weeks.

Last week, from Monday (23 November 2015) through to Thursday (26 November 2015), police from the State Crime Command's Drug Squad joined the Police Air Wing, PolAir, and local officers in raiding illegal crop sites as part of the Cannabis Eradication Program (CEP).

Locations across Northern Rivers


Throughout the course of the week, officers raided cannabis crops at locations including Cawongla, Wadeville, New Italy, Double Duke, Jackie Bulbin, Mumblegum, Bulldog and Ewingar.

More than 4000 plants, with an estimated potential street value in excess of $8 million, were seized.


Bundjalung crop raided

This week's raids follow the discovery of a large, sophisticated crop - housing more than 8500 plants - earlier this month.

The crop, which was bordered by a 150m-long by 50m-wide stockproof fence, was discovered off a secluded walking trail within the Bundjalung National Park on Wednesday 11 November 2015.

The crop was found by personnel attached to Operation Bindiguy, a high-visibility contingent of Richmond Rural Crime Investigators and National Parks and Wildlife Services staff.

A total of 8605 plants - most of them juvenile - were found at the location. The estimated potential street value of the crop is about $8.6 million.

Eradication program

The CEP has been running since the mid 1980s and, to date, has prevented cannabis with an estimated potential street value of more than $300 million from reaching NSW streets.

The program is generally operational during cannabis-growing season, which stretches from the late spring through summer and into early autumn. Further rounds of the CEP will take place in other parts of NSW during the coming months.

Police ask that anyone with information concerning the growth, manufacture or distribution of illicit drugs contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages