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Police Find Huge Outdoor Cannabis Crop Near Coonalpyn

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Five men have been arrested after police found a huge outdoor cannabis crop in the State’s South East.

Detectives say they located 486 mature plants in dense scrubland near Coonalpyn on Sunday 22 March.

On Tuesday 24 March the suspects were arrested at their seperate homes in Campbelltown, Seaton, Athol Park, Hope Valley and Golden Grove.

Police also seized six firearms, ammunition and hydroponic equipment during searches of the arrested mens' homes.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Jon Halliday from Serious and Organised Crime Branch said anyone who traffics illicit drugs can face penalties of up to $500,000 fine or life imprisonment and can also forfeit assets such as houses and cars.

"This is a significant seizure of cannabis plants and the manner in which they were grown and concealed required a significant level of planning, preparation and organisation”, said Acting Detective Chief Inspector Halliday.

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Photos SAPOL, supplied