Man in court after more than $1 million worth of cannabis seized in Sydney’s south west

A man will appear in court charged by Bankstown detectives after nearly 700 cannabis plants were seized in Sydney’s south west.

Last month, detectives from Bankstown Police Area Command established Strike Force Polar to investigate drug supply, manufacture and cultivation throughout the local area.

Following inquiries, strike force investigators, assisted by South West Metropolitan Region Operations Support Group, executed three search warrants at homes in Panania, Georges Hall and Sefton, from about 8.20am yesterday (Wednesday 3 June 2020).

During the searches, police located and seized 184 cannabis plants at Panania, 121 plants and 1.7kg of dried cannabis leaf at Georges Hall and 384 plants at Sefton.

The total estimated potential street value of the cannabis is $1.7 million.

A 66-year-old man was arrested outside a home on Beale Street, Georges Hall, and taken to Bankstown Police Station.

He was charged with cultivate cannabis (between indictable and commercial quantity), supply cannabis (between indictable and commercial quantity), possess cannabis (between indictable and commercial quantity), and take part enhance indoor cultivation plant for commercial.

The Cabramatta man was refused bail to appear at Campbelltown Local Court today (Thursday 4 June 2020).

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