Strike Force Masonary sees two men arrested in the MIA

Two men have been charged in Darlington Point after police seized over $650,000 worth of cannabis in the state’s Riverina region.

Griffith Proactive Investigations Unit assisted by the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad and PolAir estabished Strike Force Masonary in September 2017 to investigate the cultivation of cannabis.

Just after 10am on Thursday two men aged 59 and 44 were arrested in the National Park near Darlington Point, after officers discovered a large cannabis cultivation plot.

SEIZED: One of the crop sites prior to being destroyed by Strike Force Masonary officers.

SEIZED: One of the crop sites prior to being destroyed by Strike Force Masonary officers.

The two men were taken to Griffith Police Station.

As part of inquiries, officers executed a search warrant at a home in Griffith and allegedly located over 500gms of cannabis leaf, an unregistered shortened rifle, and ammunition.

The 59-year-old man was charged for cultivating prohibited plants in commercial quantity, the supply of cannabis, possessing prohibited drug, and possessing an unregistered firearm.

The 44-year-old man was also charged with cultivating prohibited plants in commercial quantity.

Police will allege in court that the men were involved in the cultivation of more than 300 cannabis plants, which were seized and destroyed.

Both men appeared at Wagga Wagga Local Court on Friday January 5 and are next due to appear at Griffith Local Court on Wednesday March 14, 2018.

On Thursday, officers executed another search warrant at a home in Wamoon, where they located and seized three cannabis plants and an unregistered rifle. Inquiries are continuing.

Griffith Local Area Command Crime Manager Detective Inspector Tim Attwood said officers will continue to investigate any information provided regarding the cultivation of prohibited plants or the manufacture of prohibited drugs.

“We will target those people involved in the drug trade at all levels and use all means at our disposal to put those people before the Courts,” Detective Inspector Attwood said.


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