'Sophisticated' cannabis setup found

A LARGE cannabis crop found on Susan Island last week had been harvested for its heads before it was raided by police.

Police yesterday said 40 kilograms of cannabis heads removed from the island by police in three 100-litre drums had been found drying in a 'sophisticated set-up' located on the island.

The police spokesperson said the set-up included pumps and drying apparatus.

Grafton Police Chief Inspector Darren Spooner estimated last week the cannabis heads would have fetched $600,000 on the street.

He said police had trouble finding the cannabis because it was so well-camouflaged. They eventually used an aircraft to locate the crop from above.

Police said yesterday they were yet to arrest anyone over the Susan Island find, but investigations were continuing.

The cannabis was removed from the island in the Clarence River as part of an annual cannabis eradication program. The plants have now been destroyed.

Police said a total of 500 cannabis plants were removed from the Clarence Valley and Bellingen areas last week as part of an operation named Strike Force Aster.

No details about the other cannabis crops raided as part of the operation were available from police yesterday.

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