Strikeforce leads to Mangrove Mountain drug bust

Detectives have charged two men and seized more than $3M worth of cannabis at mangrove Mountain, as part of ongoing investigations into the cultivation and supply of cannabis across NSW.

In November 2019, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad established Strike Force Harthouse to investigate the cultivation and supply of cannabis across NSW.

Their inquiries uncovered a rural property being used for the large-scale cultivation of cannabis.

Following extensive investigations, strike force detectives, with assistance from Brisbane Water Police District, executed a crime scene warrant at the property on Pemberton’s Hill Rd, Mangrove Mountain, from 1.40pm on Tuesday, June 22.

During the search, investigators located and seized in excess of 1,000 cannabis plants, with an estimated potential street value of $3M.

Officers also seized equipment consistent with the cultivation and supply of cannabis.

Two men aged, 54 and 61, were arrested at the property and taken to Brisbane Wates Police Station where they were charged with cultivating a prohibited plant (large commercial quantity).

Both men were bail refused bail to appear at Gosford Local Court on June 23.

Inquiries under Strike Force Harthouse are continuing.

Media release, Jun 23
NSW Police media