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Cannabis haul seized near Grafton to put a dent in illegal supply

UPDATE, 5PM: THE seizure of close to $300,000 worth of cannabis near Grafton will create significant supply issues for users in the local area, police say.

Officers made the find on Thursday, during the execution of a search warrant at a Warragai Creek home on the Summerland Way.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said the cannabis plants, some of which were up to 2m high, were found scattered throughout the rural property.

"Some were small crop sites with 10-20 plants grouped behind chicken wire, while others just left standing free among other trees on the property," he said.

"Further plants were located near a dam. Even though the crops were spread out they were easily identified."

Det Insp Jameson said it would be alleged in court that the accused was involved in a commercial operation to cultivate cannabis.

"In my experience, it was indicative of cultivation with an intent to supply into the community," he said.

The crime manager also praised his Target Action Group officers on the result.

"It has been some good investigative work by our TAG officers, and continues our focus on the drivers of crime in our community, being alcohol, cannabis and drugs," he said.

"It's a significant find and (we anticipate) it's going to create some significant supply issues of cannabis within the local community.

"People in (the Clarence Valley) should feel a little bit safer knowing large amount of drugs won't be hitting the streets."

Investigations into the cultivation and supply of cannabis across the Clarence Valley are ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to called Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
 

EARLIER: CLOSE to $300,000 worth of cannabis has been uncovered by police near Grafton.

About 2pm yesterday, officers executed a search warrant at a home on Summerland Way, Warragai Creek.

During the search, police located and allegedly seized 107 cannabis plants, three kilograms of cannabis and ammunition.

According to Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson, the estimated potential street value of the cannabis plants is $289,000.

A 31-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Grafton police station, where he was charged with the cultivation of cannabis (greater than indictable, but less than commercial quantity), possess prohibited drug and possess ammunition without holding a licence.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Grafton Local Court on Monday March 20, 2017.

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