Police arrest two in $7.5m cannabis seizure
Two people were arrested after a $7.5 million cannabis seizure, it was revealed yesterday.
Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro, in charge of the crime division, said: “While we are aware of the legislative agenda towards decriminalisation of cannabis, we must emphasise that importation of cannabis remains illegal.
“Cannabis imported via this method is co-ordinated by persons involved in organised crime, with close links to the gang and gun culture currently plaguing our community.”
The police drugs unit made the seizure in a joint operation with customs officers on May 13.
The pair were detained and later released on bail pending further investigation.
Mr Pedro said police were concerned that recreational cannabis had a higher content of THC — the active ingredient in the drug — than cannabis in regulated jurisdictions.
He added: “We take our responsibility for protecting the community seriously, and will continue to target organised crime groups that profit from the sale of illegal drugs, which ultimately harm our community.
“The drugs unit is investigating and will release more information as the case progresses.”
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