A 20,000-acre property in the Australian outback was allegedly being used to grow marijuana to supply the entire region of New South Wales
A farmer in Australia — apparently with more than his fair share of moxy — was taking advantage of the open space in his native country’s outback, until police discovered a large-scale cannabis operation containing thousands of plants in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW).
Todd Brendon Henderson, 34, was arrested after detectives with Strike Force Hyperion found a cannabis crop worth an estimated $6 million on a 20,000-acre property in Tindarey, NSW, 9News reports.
It is alleged the site was being used as a dedicated cannabis plantation and that the man was involved in the large-scale cultivation and supply of cannabis across the region.
Beyond seizing the plants, police also took away a loaded double-barrel shotgun and more cannabis from a home on the property.
“This seizure is the largest outdoor cannabis crop located by the NSW Police Force since 2017,” according to Detective Superintendent John Watson.
“We want the community to know that our officers will continue targeting these criminal networks that remain in operation, preying on Australians at this difficult and vulnerable time,” Watson says, adding that police will continue to investigate remote properties being used to grow cannabis.
As for Henderson, after being arrested at the scene when the crop was discovered, he appeared in court on Monday and was granted conditional bail to appear again on May 28.
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