Cannabis Houses: Drug Syndicate Uncovered


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POLICE say they have cracked a major drug syndicate in southern Sydney, Australia following a $1.7million cannabis haul on Friday.

About 554 hydroponic cannabis plants were seized during midday raids on three houses in St George and Sutherland Shire, Police from St George, Miranda and Hurstville were involved in the operation.

St George local area commander, Superintendent Peter McErlain, said police found hydroponically grown cannabis plantations of various sizes and maturity inside three houses in Sanoni Avenue, Sandringham, Curtis Avenue, Taren Point and Seymour Street, Hurstville Grove.

''Each dwelling had been converted for drug use, with sophisticated heating and electrical bypasses set up in the premises,'' Superintendent McErlain said.
The cannabis plants have an approximate street value of more than $1.7million.

Superintendent McErlain said police did not find anyone inside the houses and were yet to make any arrests.

''It's a very significant street-level drug operation,'' Superintendent McErlain said.

Seymour Street resident Patrick Brown, 81, said he had suspected there had been drug activity on his street for years.

He said he hoped the discovery of the drug houses would stop the spread of the cannabis trade in southern Sydney. Police are now waiting for the results of forensic testing on the hydroponic equipment found in the houses.

The raids were the culmination of a three-week surveillance operation, which started with a tip-off from an anonymous caller to Crime Stoppers.

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