Cannabis worth $1.65m seized in NSW raid

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Three men have been charged after more than $1.65 million worth of cannabis was seized in an ongoing police investigation in central western NSW.

Detectives from the NSW drug and firearms squad raided a property on Cainbil Road at Coolah on Monday morning, allegedly seizing about 250kg of dried cannabis plants on the 115 hectare property being used for cannabis cultivation.

Police say they also seized a double-barrelled shot gun, ammunition and dried cannabis from a shed on the property, as well as other equipment.

Three men – aged 21, 45 and 47 – were charged with cultivating a prohibited plant, supplying a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and participating in criminal group activity.

Police say the 45-year-old man is a senior Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang member involved in large-scale cultivation and supply of cannabis across NSW.

The men were refused bail and will appear at Orange Local Court on Tuesday.

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