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Seize plants worth $3.5m

THREE men and a woman have been charged after police allegedly located almost $3.5 million worth of cannabis plants during search warrants at five homes, including one at Guildford and two at Merrylands.

In September 2019, Cumberland Police Area Command began investigating hydroponic cannabis cultivation in the South West Metropolitan region.
Last Friday police raided five homes, during which they allegedly located and seized 686 cannabis plants with the potential estimated street value of $3,430,000, and $222,600 in cannabis leaf.
A 23-year-old Bonnyrigg woman was charged with a found on/entering/leaving drug premises, organises/conducts/assists drug premises, cultivate prohibited plant – commercial quantity, possess prohibited plant – commercial quantity.
A 23-year-old Cabramatta man was charged with found on/entering/leaving drug premises, organises/conducts/assists drug premises, cultivate prohibited plant – commercial quantity, possess prohibited plant – commercial quantity, and use/consume/waste electricity without authority
A 25-year-old Bankstown man was charged with knowingly take part-cultivate – commercial quantity, supply prohibited drug – commercial quantity, organises/conducts/assists drug premises, and use/consume/waste electricity without authority.
A 36-year-old Canley Vale man was charged with knowingly take part-cultivate – commercial quantity, possess prohibited plant, found on/entering/leaving drug premises, and use/consume/waste electricity without authority.