Police find cannabis plant in Muswellbrook paddock

HUNTER Valley Local Area Command officers have discovered a cannabis plant worth an estimated $5000 in a paddock on Muswellbrook’s Thomas Mitchell Drive.

The plant was found over the Easter long weekend, presenting officers with their first discovery of cannabis in four months.

Several other plants were also sighted on the outskirts of Muswellbrook, with police seizing a quantity for their investigations.

Hunter Valley crime manager, Detective Inspector Timothy Seymour, said police would continue to “detect, remove and prosecute any person cultivating cannabis”.

Apart from the discoveries, Detective Inspector Seymour said it had been a relatively quiet long weekend for local officers.

“We did contribute to Operation Tortoise with RBT and traffic enforcement [and] we were thankful that the HVLAC was fatality free for the Easter period,” he said.

However, police have urged drivers to pay more attention on NSW roads after four people were killed over Easter.

Almost 244,000 breath tests were conducted as part of Operation Tortoise, resulting in 298 drink driving charges.

There were also nearly 5000 speeding fines issued and 222 positive results from Random Drug Tests.

Anyone with information on illegal activities are urged to call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

DISCOVERY: Hunter Valley Local Area Command officers found a cannabis plant in Muswellbrook on the long weekend.

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