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Police bust Southern Highlands cannabis operation

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Two men have been charged after millions of dollars worth of cannabis was located during a raid in the Southern Highlands.

Earlier this month, detectives from the Hume Police District commenced an investigation into the cultivation of cannabis in the region.

As part of inquiries, investigators executed a search warrant yesterday at a rural property on Marulan Street in Wingello.

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Police said more than 1800 mature cannabis plants were seized that were growing in three large greenhouses on the property.

The total estimated potential street value of the seizure is $3.75 million.

Police also located a large drying room and sleeping quarters on the property.

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The plants were removed from the greenhouses and certified by an agronomist before being destroyed on site with the assistance of the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Two men, aged 37 and 53 were arrested at the property and charged with large commercial cannabis cultivation.

They were both refused bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court today.

Police said inquiries are continuing.

Yesterday's bust comes just over a week after Police seized $7.6 million dollars worth of cannabis plants at a property in Calderwood.

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