$22 Million Dollar Cannabis Drug Bust in Sydney

NSW Police have had their largest drug bust in a decade, after finding over 7,200 cannabis plants in Lismore in NSW.

NSW Police have just reported finding an enormous supply of cannabis in the north of Lismore in New South Wales, with officers uncovering roughly USD $15.3 million of cannabis at an illegal growing operation.

The property was on Bungawalbin Whiporie Road, Gibberagee, about 52km south-east of Lismore, and police executed a warrant yesterday morning at roughly 9AM.

The Drug and Firearms squad of detectives found and seized over 7,200 cannabis plants on the 120-acre property, in addition to over 50 kg of cannabis head. In the process, the police found and dismantled 20 large-scale industrial grow houses.

You can see drone footage of the grow houses in this video.

Four men between the ages of 20 and 37 have been charged with cultivating commercial quantities of cannabis, and are believed to be facing up to 20 years in prison.

"Criminals who profit from cultivating these drugs are often known to re-invest funds into other criminal enterprises that directly impact the communities of NSW," Police Force State Crime Commander, Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said.

This cannabis drug bust is the largest that NSW police have seen in over 10 years. The men that were charged with cultivating commercial quantities of cannabis are scheduled to appear at Lismore Local Court today (Thursday, 11 June, 2020).

Cannabis plants
photo of the grow-op from NSW police
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Louis O'Neill
Louis O'Neill

Louis is a writer based in Sydney with a focus on social and political issues. Having interviewed local politicians and entrepreneurs, Louis now focuses on cannabis culture, legislation & reform.

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