Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Dropping in on Drugs; Police Use 'Copters to Find Plants

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Dropping in on Drugs; Police Use 'Copters to Find Plants

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Byline: Kirsty Noffke

ABOUT three million dollars worth of cannabis was found in the past three days in the Tweed Shire.

Drug Squad Detective Inspector Michelle Ledden said about 1500 plants had been seized as part of the state crime and Tweed Byron commands' joint cannabis eradication program.

"We've been operating since Monday at Burringbar, Murwillumbah and Uki," Insp Ledden said.

"We will be searching other locations during the week."

Insp Ledden said about 24 officers, a police helicopter and the dog squad were searching the area.

Yesterday's raids targeted the Uki area and more than 1000 plants were seized, the majority from Pumpenbil, Insp Ledden said.

"On the other two days we got 428 plants.

"Each plant has an estimated street value of $2000.

"We've still got two days to go."

If the squad gets major discoveries it will extend the operation.

"Because of the rugged terrain we're using the helicopter and winching the staff in and out," Insp Ledden said. …

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