The cannabis plants were taken to a sawmill and destroyed.
The cannabis plants were taken to a sawmill and destroyed.

The pot thickens in $18m haul

$18 MILLION – that’s the value of a massive five-tonne cannabis crop seized near Dorrigo, west of Grafton, the biggest haul in the Coffs-Clarence region.

It also ranks as among the largest in the State.

Police had to negotiate rugged terrain in the Chaelundi National Park, north-west of Dorrigo, to find the well-established crop of more than 9000 cannabis plants after an ongoing sting in the area.

“Given the amounts that have been seized, we would estimate this will have a major impact on the supply of cannabis in the area,” said Coffs-Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay.

A month ago, the State Crime Command’s Drug Squad set up Strike Force Morison.

Investigations led police to two leased properties in the national park, where they found cannabis crops being grown, along with a sophisticated watering system and other equipment.

On Wednesday, a man, 52, was arrested and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station and was charged with the revocation of a parole warrant and was immediately sent to jail.

Dennis Gordon-Smith, 61, of Coffs Harbour and Adam Beveridge, 38, of Korora, appeared in Coffs Harbour Local Court on Thursday charged with cultivate prohibited drug (commercial quantity). Appearing separately in brief bail court hearings, the men were refused bail to reappear on March 9. Coffs Harbour detectives also raided addresses in Coffs Harbour.



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