Police find hydroponic cannabis set-up worth $1 million in Lawson

Three men have been charged after police disrupted a large-scale hydroponic cannabis set-up worth $1 million operating from Lawson.

Police were conducting random breath testing on the Great Western Highway at Lawson about 5pm on Thursday, December 5, when a white Toyota van entered the RBT site.

Officers spoke to the driver, a 43-year-old man from Fairfield West, and his male passenger, a 40-year-old man from Cabramatta, and could smell a strong odour coming from the vehicle, police said.

Upon searching the vehicle, they found 71kg of cannabis leaf with an estimated street value of $350,000.

The pair were charged at Springwood Police Station with supplying a prohibited drug - commercial quantity and cultivating a prohibited plant - commercial quantity.

Following inquiries, Blue Mountains Police officers then attended a house in Adelaide St in Lawson about 9pm, and found a hydroponic cannabis set-up containing 800 cannabis plants inside the home and two sheds, with an estimated street value of $1 million, police said.

A 38-year-old man from Fairfield West was arrested at the scene and taken to Springwood Police Station where he was charged with cultivating a prohibited plant - commercial quantity and organising/conducting/assisting drug premises.

All three men were refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court on Friday, December 6.