Three men have appeared in a Sydney court on charges involving more than $10-million (Aust) worth of marihuana -- the biggest drug haul yet in Australia.
Marihuana plantation Reporter walks through plants/ police moving in, inspecting bags of hemp, RAAF plane overhead taking aerial pix/loading hemp/ GV plantation.
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Background: Three men have appeared in a Sydney court on charges involving more than $10-million (Aust) worth of marihuana -- the biggest drug haul yet in Australia.
They were arrested after police raided a farm in the Sydney suburb of Leppington. Nearly 6000 Indian hemp plants were growing there, some more than two metres high. They also found 100 bags of packed and processed hemp.
Police described the farm as "nothing less than a factory for the cultivation, processing and sale of a massive quanity of Indian hemp" -- illegal in Australia.
They found hemp in the process of being stripped, dried, weighed and packaged. Owners of the farm were accused of selling the drug at the same time it was being grown.
The court was told the men apparently stood to gain $250,000 (Aust) from a deal with other accomplices.
Police chartered an RAAP aircraft to take aerial pictures of the plantation. The farm was later bulldozed and covered with lime.