A 28-year-old Gorokan man has been arrested and charged with drug related offences after NSW Police dismantled a large scale cannabis cultivation operation across Greater Sydney.
Detectives dismantled nine hydro houses and arrested two others as part of the investigation on October 1.
In May, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad established Strike Force Garford to investigate the hydroponic cultivation of cannabis in Sydney.
Their enquiries uncovered a network operating multiple hydro houses in rental properties in residential areas across Sydney’s south west and north west.
Following extensive inquiries, Strike Force Garford investigators, with the assistance of North West and South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squads and Raptor North, executed 13 search warrants across Sydney and the Central Coast.
Police located elaborate hydroponic set-ups in nine homes at Bankstown, Granville, Dundas Valley, Eastwood, West Ryde, Epping, Northmead, along with the one in Gorokan, which were examined by specialist forensic officers.
In total, investigators seized about 1,500 cannabis plants, with an estimated potential street value of more than $5.8M.
After dismantling the set-ups, investigators also seized hydroponic, electrical, and lighting equipment, as well as chemicals.
During the operation, a 27-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man were also arrested at units in Bankstown.
The Gorokan man was taken to Wyong Police Station and charged with knowingly take part-cultivate large commercial quantity-cannabis, and use/consume/waste electricity without authority.
He was refused bail to appear at Wyong Local Court.
The woman and the 44 year old man were both charged with cultivate prohibited plant (commercial quantity-cannabis), use/consume/waste electricity without authority, enhanced indoor cultivate cannabis for commercial purpose, and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity.
Police will allege in court that the man and woman were both responsible for organising the establishment and maintenance of the hydro houses.
They were both refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court.
Media release, Oct 1
NSW Police Media