Another cannabis crop discovered at Coonalpyn

A large commercial crop of cannabis has been uncovered near Coonalpyn as part of a SA Police operation.

On Thursday, March 26, police found a crop of 854 mature cannabis plants which is allegedly linked to the crop of 486 plants which was found on Sunday, March 23.

Investigations are ongoing on both crop seizures.

On Monday, March 24, five men were arrested by police and appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday, March 25.

In September last year, The SA Police Serious and Organised Crime Branch commenced its Operation Argon to investigate the syndicated large commercial cultivation and trafficking of cannabis with significant seizures across the state over the past few weeks.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Jon Halliday said SA Police would continue to target people and groups suspected of trafficking, cultivating or manufacturing controlled drugs.

"This is yet another significant seizure of cannabis that demonstrates SAPOL's commitment to impact the operations of organised crime across all areas of South Australia," he said.

"While some criminals might think they are reducing their risk of apprehension by operating in remote areas, Operation Argon clearly demonstrates this not to be the case."

Penalties for trafficking illicit drugs can be up to $500,000 fine or life imprisonment and can also include forfeiture of assets such as houses and cars.

Members of the public who have information about drug trafficking, cultivation or manufacture are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au/ - you can remain anonymous.