Seized cannabis worth $6.41m
FINAL figures show an estimated $6.41 million worth of cannabis has been taken off the streets in this week's Cannabis Eradication Program.
The intelligence-based operation, which ran across the Coffs/Clarence region from Monday to Thursday, netted a total of 2564 cannabis plants, with a potential street value of $6.41 million.
Wednesday's seizure of 1327 plants from around Nymboida also broke a record for the most plants pulled in one day.
Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said during the operation this year, officers had identified new methods used by growers to hide their crops in the dense foliage of native forests and crown land.
"Geographically in the command, we have a large amount of state forests and Crown land, and the dense vegetation and canopy provides an opportunity for people to clandestinely grow cannabis," Insp Jameson said.
"Out of this year's CEP we have identified some newer methods used by growers to hide their crops, and that becomes part of our armory in being able to target on those who wish to peddle destruction in our community through the growth and supply of cannabis," he said.
"We're constantly reviewing our strategies and investigative approaches in the command and looking at how to best optimise the information provided by the community, as well as our own intelligence analysis of drug crime, to allow us to target in on identified perpetrators."