More than $80-million worth of cannabis plants have been seized by police following a five-month investigation into cannabis cultivation near Parkes.
In March 2022, detectives attached to Central West Police District commenced Strike Force Burria to investigate commercial cannabis cultivation in the state’s west.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force investigators attended a rural property at Trundle – about 53km north-west of Parkes – on August 3,August 2022).
Upon police arrival, several people fled the property into nearby bushland, officers were unable to locate them. A crime scene warrant was granted the same day. On August 4, 2022, strike force investigators and specialist forensic police attended and located a number of large greenhouses being used for cannabis cultivation.
Police located and seized 27,484 cannabis plants, which have all been destroyed. It’s estimated the potential street value of the cannabis was more than $80 million.
Investigations under Strike Force Burria are ongoing to identify those involved.