$1m drug bust
POLICE have arrested two men and seized more than $1 million worth of cannabis leaf, plants and hydroponic equipment during raids on a number of Tweed properties.
And they say more arrests are likely as Strike Force Belconnen continues.
Tweed Byron Target Action Group Detective Acting Sergeant Frank Natoli said six suburban houses had been searched on Wednesday ? four in Ban-ora Point, one in Tweed Heads and one in Tumbulgum.
Two Tweed men, one in his 40s and one in his 50s, have been charged with drug related offences and the theft of power.
"A number of others are outstanding at the moment and will come in at a later stage," Det. Natoli said.
The hydroponic operations had been "extremely well put together" with expensive equipment.
"Each location had power bypasses operating. One location had secret rooms hidden behind false walls, but they were all normal suburban
houses," he said.
"Three motor vehicles were also seized.
"The plants were around one to one-and-a-half metres tall and were well tended. The cannabis was in good form."
Det. Natoli said around 20 police officers had been involved in the operation.
"We hope we're interfering in drug manufacturing in the area. Strike Force Belconnen is an ongoing operation. You never know when we're going to be knocking on the door.
"Just three weeks ago we arrested a man with nine ounces of ampheta-mines. He was charged with supply.
"Sydney will now analyse the plant and leaf and all hydroponic equipment will be destroyed."