Three men have been charged after cannabis worth $8.6 million was located in the Southern Tablelands yesterday.
Earlier this month, detectives from The Hume Police District commenced investigations into the cultivation of cannabis within the region.
Following extensive inquiries, investigators executed a search warrant at a rural property on Old Macquarie Road, Brayton, about 8.30am yesterday (Tuesday 26 May 2020).
Police seized more than 2800 cannabis plants growing on the property.
The estimated potential street value of the seizure is $8.6 million.
The plants have been destroyed.
Three men – aged 31, 32 and 33 – were arrested at the property and have been taken to Goulburn Police Station, where they were charged with large commercial cultivation of a prohibited plant.
They were all refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court today (Wednesday 27 May 2020).
The Hume Police District Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Brendan Bernie, expressed his thanks to the community for continuing to provide valuable information.
“We rely on members of our community to be our eyes and ears, particularly in rural areas,” Detective Chief Inspector Bernie said.
“As this investigation continues, we are appealing for anyone else in the community with information to come forward.
“If you see something, say something.”
Strike Force Croze has since been established by detectives from The Hume Police District to investigate the cultivation of cannabis within the region.
Inquiries are continuing.
Anyone with information about the cultivation and supply of cannabis in the local community is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Information is treated in strict confidence.