PLEASE NOTE: Images of the seized cannabis can be found on the Richmond PD Facebook page.
Seven people will face court today charged after police seized more than $52 million worth of cannabis south-west of Lismore yesterday.
Following extensive inquiries by the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad and Richmond Police Detectives, assisted by the Aviation Command, Dog Unit and Northern Rivers Region Enforcement Squad, police attended an Ellangowan property, about 11.30am yesterday (Tuesday 21 November 2023).
Police will allege in court that the property was being used for the large-scale cultivation of cannabis.
At the property, police allegedly located and seized more than 15,000 cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of $52.7 million.
Six men aged between 41 and 61, and a 52-year-old woman, were arrested during the operation before being taken to Lismore Police Station.
All seven were charged with participate in criminal group contribute activity, and knowingly take part-cultivate large commercial quantity-cannabis.
They were refused bail to appear before Lismore Local Court today (Wednesday 22 November 2023).
Anyone with information about the illicit cultivation of cannabis should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.