Close to 500 cannabis plants found in national park

A CROP of close to 500 cannabis plants has been uncovered by police in National Parks land at Dirty Creek.

Local detectives and a rural crime investigator found the plantation in Yuraygir National Park about 1pm on Thursday, following a tip-off from the community.

All up they counted 490 cannabis plants, which have an estimated street value of $780,000.

Grafton Police Acting Inspector Darren Williams said investigations were still continuing regarding those responsible for growing the plants.

"It's a job well done by police but also a pat on back for those community members who are prepared to go out of their way to provide information that leads to the location and destruction of drugs, and detection of the people responsible," Insp Williams said.

"The unfortunate part is (police) can't be everywhere; we rely on community members as our ears and eyes. Sometimes that little bit of information they have might be the final piece in the puzzle, so it is worthwhile for people to make those steps to ring."

Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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