More than $2 million worth of cannabis plants seized – Strike Force Polar

Detectives have dismantled hydroponic set-ups and seized cannabis worth more than $2 million dollars in Sydney’s south-west.

In May 2020, detectives from Bankstown Police Area Command established Strike Force Polar to investigate drug supply, manufacturing and cultivation throughout the local area.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives with assistance from South West Metro Operations Support Group (SWM OSG) executed search warrants at two units on Marion Street, Bankstown, just before 7am yesterday (Tuesday 16 June 2020).

During the searches, investigators allegedly found and dismantled a sophisticated hydroponic set-up in both units, seizing a total of 704 plants worth an estimated $1,927,000. They also seized clothing and hydroponic equipment at both units.

Today (Wednesday 17 June 2020) detectives executed separate search warrants, with assistance from SWM OSG, at homes on Fenwick Street, Yagoona, and Doyle Street, Padstow, just after 8am (Wednesday 17 June 2020).

At Yagoona, they alleged found and seized a total of 51 cannabis plants, worth an estimated $250,000.

At Padstow, they allegedly found and seized a number of items including GBL, cannabis, a BMW sedan – allegedly stolen from Gladesville in 2013 – an excavator and trailer – allegedly stolen from Revesby in 2019 – and other items believed to have been stolen.

No arrests have been made and inquiries under Strike Force Polar continue.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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