POLICE believe they have significantly disrupted Sydney's marijuana supply network by taking more than $50million worth of the drug out of the hands of producers.
Since April last year detectives attached to Strike Force Zambesi have been targeting the cultivation of marijuana in the south-west.
The most recent haul - 428 plants and 14kg of leaf with an estimated value of $1.6million - took the total value of drugs seized by the strike force to more than $50milion.
During the course of the operation police have made 51 arrests and destroyed 16,165 plants, 276kg of cannabis bud and a massive number of "hydro houses".
Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli said the millions would have been used to strengthen criminal gangs and their illegal activities across Sydney.
"We will continue to uncover and destroy cannabis crops across the region, target drug supply and associated crimes," Assist Com Mennilli said.
"My officers will ensure that anyone involved in criminal activity in Sydney's south-west will feel the full extent of the law."
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