Police seize over $2.5 million in extensive drug raids across Sydney

Police arrested six people on Wednesday after drug raids across Sydney.  Photo: NSW Police

Police arrested six people on Wednesday after drug raids across Sydney. Photo: NSW Police

Police searched homes across Sydney on Wednesday.  Photo: NSW Police

Police searched homes across Sydney on Wednesday. Photo: NSW Police

Police have seized over $2.5 million worth of cannabis in extensive drug raids across Sydney on Wednesday.

Drugs worth more than $2.5 million were seized in the raids.  Photo: NSW Police

Drugs worth more than $2.5 million were seized in the raids. Photo: NSW Police

Six people will face court on Thursday, charged with participating in a drug cultivation network operating across south, south-west and western Sydney.

Police raided suburban homes in Peakhurst, Padstow, Bankstown, Yagoona, Beverly Hills and Granville. In each home they found a sophisticated hydroponic set-up being used to grow cannabis.

Six people were charged over the drug haul.  Photo: NSW Police

Six people were charged over the drug haul. Photo: NSW Police

In footage of the raids, police are seen storming into one of the homes and arresting one man who complies with them. More footage shows a number of indoor spaces in which cannabis was being grown.

Over 940 plants with an estimated potential street value of over $2.5 million were seized, along with cash, documents, and other drug paraphernalia.

The arrests included two men aged 24 and 26, two men aged 22, and two women aged 22 and 21.

The various charges faced include cultivating a prohibited plant, participating in a criminal group, directing a criminal group, and dealing in proceeds of crime.

The raids were conducted by Strike Force Grassy, a police squad investigating the cultivation and distribution of cannabis across Sydney.

In July and November of this year, police seized over 970 plants at homes in Strathfield and Merrylands. They allege these homes were connected to the group arrested and charged on Wednesday.

On Wednesday officers also searched an additional seven homes in Guildford, Miranda, Lidcombe, Kogarah, North Strathfield, Beverly Hills and Granville.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Bell urged the community to come forward with any information about the manufacture of illegal drugs.

"We are focused on the manufacturers and suppliers of illegal drugs to stem the tide of drugs at the source," he said.

He said that community members should be aware of the "seven signs of a drug house".

"These include strange odours, diverted electricity, chemical containers and waste, blacked-out windows, hoses and pipes in strange places, extremely bright indoor lighting and vehicles arriving at odd hours."

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