Fourteen men have been charged and more than $40 million worth of cannabis seized in one of the largest busts for the drug in Australian history.
NSW Police swooped on three properties in Minimbah, Melinga and Moorwood, on the state’s mid north coast, where they seized 13,353 cannabis plants.
Six men, all Vietnamese nationals, were arrested at a property in Minimbah on Thursday and taken to Taree Police Station where they were charged with cultivating and supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited plant as well as participating in a criminal group.
Officers said those arrested include a 31-year-old permanent resident, a 41-year-old who is allegedly unlawfully in Australia, a 23-year-old and 27-year-old who are both on student visas and a 38-year-old and a 44-year-old on bridging visas.
More than 5500 cannabis plants worth close to $17 million were seized from the property.
On Friday officers raided two more properties, in Melinga and Moorland, where they nabbed more than…