Drug crop found in bushland

Drug crop found in bushland

Police seized almost 100 marijuana plants from remote bush land in the Limestone Coast this week.

About 10.30am Monday, following an investigation, officers from the Drug and Organised Crime Task Force supported by Water Operations Unit and National Parks and Wildlife conducted a search of remote Crown Land in the Coorong.

Officers located 98 cannabis plants ranging in size from 1-3 meters tall being grown across three crop sites within a the Coorong. Sadly officers found considerable damage had been caused to the natural vegetation as a result of clearing space for the cannabis plants, which negatively impacts on the biodiversity of the area.

Detective Chief Inspector David Huddy, Officer in Charge of the Serious and Organised Crime Branch outlined the operation.

“Yesterday’s seizure is the result of ongoing collaboration between South Australia Police and National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia. The use of Crown Land by criminal groups shows disregard for the natural environment for the sole purpose of trading in illicit drugs,” he said.

All plants were seized and investigation into the crop remains on going. Anyone with information about drug manufacture or cannabis cultivation is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au – you can remain anonymous.

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