In a major bust, police in Melbourne, Australia have uncovered a huge cannabis operation worth around $3 million. The 1,200 plants were seized following a tip-off from the community, and two men have been arrested and charged with cultivating the cannabis.
•Police in Melbourne, Australia uncover a huge cannabis haul in a factory, worth around $3 million
• They seized 1,200 plants and two men were arrested
• Community tip offs led to the discovery
This is not the first time that police have uncovered a large-scale cannabis operation in Melbourne. In February of this year, police discovered a plantation of 1,000 cannabis plants in a warehouse in the northern suburbs of the city. The estimated value of that haul was $6 million.
The recent bust follows an increase in tips from the community about illegal drug activity in the area. Inspector Tony Francis from Victoria Police’s Drugs Taskforce says that the public tips have been “instrumental” in helping them to make these types of busts.
“The information we receive from the public is absolutely vital to what we do,” Inspector Francis said. “It’s one thing for us to go out and proactively look for these things but often it’s best coming from those who live and work in the community.”
He added that the taskforce had executed search warrants at seven properties across Melbourne over the past fortnight as part of their ongoing investigations into illegal drug activity.
Illegal drug activity is a major problem in Australia, and law enforcement officials are working hard to crack down on it. These busts would not be possible without tips from members of the community. If you suspect that someone is involved in illegal drug activity, do not hesitate to contact your local law enforcement agency.