Sanctuary Point man faces court over $400,000 cannabis crop

A Sanctuary Point man charged as part of a South Coast Police District investigations into large-scale cannabis cultivation in the Shoalhaven has been refused bail.

Rodney Glen Fisher, 56, did not enter any pleas to charges of cultivating a prohibited plant and participating in a criminal group when he appeared in Nowra Local Court before Magistrate David Williams.

Court papers said between January 2 and April 2 this year Fisher was part of a criminal group allegedly cultivating cannabis south west of Nowra.

Fisher was one of four men arrested as part of a cannabis eradication operation conducted in the Shoalhaven last week, in which $400,000 worth of cannabis, ammunition and cash was seized.

Fisher did not apply for bail, which was formally refused, and will reappear in court on April 17.

The Proactive Deployment Unit from South Coast Police District started investigations into large-scale cannabis cultivation in the Jerrawangala and adjoining state forests south-west of Nowra in January this year.

On 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.

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.

Officers executed search warrants on properties at Sanctuary Point and South Nowra the following day.

Officers seized a number of items, including cannabis plants, leaf and cuttings along with GPS and communications equipment for further forensic examination.

Cash and ammunition were also seized.

A 34-year-old man was charged with cultivating a prohibited plant and participating in a criminal group.

A 55-year-old man was charged with four counts of possessing a prohibited drug, supplying an indictable quantity of cannabis, two counts of cultivating a  prohibited plant, possessing a prohibited weapon, possessing ammunition without license and participating in a criminal group.

A 53-year-old man was charged with cultivating a prohibited plant and participating in a criminal group.

The three  men were granted conditional bail and will appear in Nowra Local Court on April 16.

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