Drug bust linked to Vietnamese crime syndicate

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A man believed to be linked to a Vietnamese Organised Crime Syndicate has been busted with a hydroponic set up to the street value of $1.3 million inside his Leonay home.

Strikeforce Spiral was established in July 2019 by Nepean Detectives to investigate a sophisticated Vietnamese Organised Crime Syndicate operating throughout the Sydney Metropolitan Area utilising numerous houses for the purpose of enhanced indoor hydroponic cannabis cultivation and large scale drug supply.

On Wednesday, June 17 investigators executed a search warrant at a Riverview Parade, Leonay property where they located a sophisticated hydroponic setup including 478 Cannabis plants of varied levels of cultivation.

The estimated potential street value of these plants was $1,301,000.

A 52-year-old Cabramatta man was arrested and charged with ‘cultivate prohibited plant large commercial quantity’ and ‘use/consume/waste electricity without authority’.

He was bail refused to appear at Penrith Local Court on Friday, August 7.

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