Four men have been arrested as part of a cannabis eradication operation conducted near Nowra where ammunition, cash and drugs were seized.
A total of 203 mature cannabis plants, with an estimated potential street value of $400,000, were located, identified and destroyed, near Turpentine Road at Parma during a police operation.
The Proactive Deployment Unit from South Coast Police District commenced investigations into large-scale cannabis cultivation in the Jerrawangala and adjoining state forests south-west of Nowra in January.
Investigations continued and on Tuesday, April 3, local police, accompanied by officers from the State Crime Command Drug and Firearm Squad and other specialist units, conducted several searches of bushland.
About 7am yesterday (Wednesday, April 4), officers went to Sanctuary Point and South Nowra where search warrants were executed.
Numerous items were seized for further forensic examination including cannabis plants, leaf and cuttings along with GPS and communications equipment.
Cash and ammunition were also seized.
Four men were arrested and taken to Nowra Police Station where they were charged.
A 56-year-old man has been charged with cultivating a prohibited plant and participating in a criminal group.
He was refused bail and will appear in Nowra Local Court today (Thursday, April 5 ).
A 34-year-old man has been charged with cultivating a prohibited plant and participating in a criminal group.
A 55-year-old man faces four possessing prohibited drug charges, supply indictable quantity of cannabis, two charges of cultivating a prohibited plant, possessing a prohibited weapon, possessing ammunition without a license and participating in a criminal group.
A 53-year-old man was charged with cultivating prohibited plant and participating in a criminal group.
The three other men were granted conditional bail and will appear in Nowra Local Court on Monday, April 16.