$13 Million in Cannabis Seized in Sydney Raid, 4 People Charged

August 25, 2020 Updated: August 26, 2020

Four Sydney men have been charged after police seized nearly $13 million worth of cannabis and uncovered a syndicate operating hydro houses across Sydney’s southwest.

In July 2019, the State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad and the NSW Crime Commission established Strike Force Riche to investigate a criminal syndicate involved in cannabis cultivation and money laundering.

Police have charged 12 people so far.

During their investigation, detectives uncovered a remote property in Sydney’s west being used for the cultivation of cannabis.

Detectives raided a property in Kemps Creek on Aug. 25 and found 31 greenhouses on the property, four of which contained equipment for cultivating cannabis.

In the four large-scale grow houses, investigators seized 4297 cannabis plants with an estimated potential street value of $12.89 million.

Strike Force Riche detectives also seized $3690 cash.

Four men, aged 19, 23, 26 and 41, were arrested at the property and charged with cultivating prohibited a plant (large commercial quantity) and participating in a criminal group.

Police say the 19-year-old was also involved in the large-scale cultivation of cannabis at a property in Gibberagee, where nearly $22 million worth of cannabis was seized in June.

The men were refused bail to appear in Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday Aug. 26.