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Two-hundred cannabis plants found in Strathmerton

Police conducted raids in Strathmerton, Sydenham and Hillside and allegedly discovered more than 200 mature cannabis plants at a rural property.

KAITLIN THALS January 30, 2013 4:35am

A Strathmerton address was one of six properties searched by police as part of a drug raid yesterday morning.

A man, 31, was arrested in Strathmerton and is facing charges of cultivating, possessing and trafficking commercial quantities of cannabis.

As part of the raid, police investigators searched properties in Strathmerton, Sydenham and Hillside, near Melton, about 6am.

More than 200 mature cannabis plants were allegedly found at a rural Strathmerton property and a Melton Valley Dve factory in Melton.

Detectives have seized three luxury vehicles — a Maserati, BMW and Harley Davidson motorcycle — from an Austral Dve, Hillside, residence as part of their investigation.

The raids follow a five-month investigation as part of Operation Taxa targeting cannabis cultivation.

Five men are helping police with inquiries.

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