$7.6 Million Worth of Cannabis Seized in NSW

NSW Police have seized over $7 and a half million worth of cannabis in a raid in the south of Sydney. Two men have been arrested.

Two men from Illawarra have been charged after NSW police found $7.6 million worth of cannabis during a raid. The police ended up seizing over 2,400 plants and 1,300 seeds all within six greenhouses and a shed. The greenhouses were found on a rural property outside of Illawarra, and each contained a drying room as well as areas to sleep.

"It's certainly a large quantity and possibly one the largest we've ever seen in the Illawarra", said Acting Inspector David Williamson from NSW Police.

Police decided to investigate the property after receiving a call suggesting suspicious behaviour was occurring on the property and so NSW police brought their bomb disposal unit to the location and found two men, both of whom were Vietnamese nationals, 49-year-old Kim Seong Tang and 52-year-old Dennis Lup Sang Chu.

Both Tang and Chu were charged with the cultivation of commercial amounts of cannabis and are scheduled to have their court appearance today. Police believe the bust will make a "significant dent" in the supply of cannabis to nearby consumers, stating "those types of crime have a massive impact on regional communities, so this particular arrest is great."

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Additionally, police believe the greenhouses were in operation for a decent amount of time and remained unknown to law enforcement due to their location and discrete appearance.

"I think with the rural setting and the greenhouses it didn't attract the attention initially," said Williamson.

According to 9 News, people have been spotted going in and out of the greenhouses recently, and police expect to make further arrests over the next few weeks.

Against the backdrop of the ACT legalizing cannabis last year, New Zealand's upcoming cannabis referendum and the continued growth of Australia's medical marijuana industry, raids such as these beg the question; what should Australia do about marijuana grow-ops?

Should the government continue to expend resources to apprehend cannabis cultivators as they arise, or do raids such as these serve as a perfect case for why the War on Drugs doesn't work?

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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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