Detectives seized more than $19 million worth of cannabis crops and arrested almost two dozen people in a major drug bust in Melbourne's northern suburbs.
The Drug Task Force police raided 46 homes and uncovered 6387 cannabis plants during Operation Taxa.
Nineteen people were arrested after house raids in suburbs including Deer Park, Brookfield, Tarneit, Sunshine North, Caroline Springs and Avondale Heights.
Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana said the aim of Operation Taxa was to crack-down on organised crime syndicates.
“This successful operation has sent a clear message to those taking part in this illegal activity - police are taking it seriously and will continue to target cannabis grow houses throughout the state,” Mr Fontana said.
“There seems to be this acceptance in the community with regard to cannabis use and this must change.”
“As well as the serious health risks, the use of illicit drugs in the community is also a key driver in volume and violent crime, and also contributes to our road toll.”
Since the raids, a number of people have been charged with a range of offences including trafficking a large commercial quantity of cannabis and cultivating a large commercial quantity of cannabis.
The operation, which is still ongoing, kicked off July 30.
Herald Sun | October 15, 2012 8:36AM