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Massive $13million cannabis crop is seized and four men arrested as cops raid Sydney operation

Four men have been charged after police seized nearly $13million worth of cannabis in Sydney’s southwest.

Police have busted a criminal syndicate involved in large-scale cannabis cultivation and money laundering in hydro houses at several properties across the city.

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

In the four large-scale grow houses, investigators seized 4,297 cannabis plants with an estimated potential street value of $12.89 million.

Detectives from Strike Force Riche also seized $3,690 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 will allege the men were involved in the large-scale cultivation of cannabis in Sydney’s west. 

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

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

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

Police have charged 12 people so far, who remain before the courts.

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