Seven people are facing court and cannabis with an estimated potential street value of $3.5 million has been seized as part of the annual Cannabis Eradication Program in the Richmond Local Area Command.

Between 2-6 February, the annual Richmond Local Area Command Cannabis Eradication Program was conducted involving police from Richmond LAC, State Crime Command Drug Squad and other specialist police units along with NSW Ambulance Service personnel.

During the five-day operation police searched areas in and around Nimbin, Lillian Rock, The Channon, Lismore, Blue Knob, Tabulam, Drake, Duck Creek, Pretty Gully, Tooloom, Yabra and Urbenville.

As a part of the operation police seized 1790 cannabis plants, ranging between one to four metres tall and with an estimated potential street value of $3.58 million. All the plants have since been destroyed.

Seven people – six men and one woman – will appear in local courts during the coming weeks after being charged with cultivating a prohibited drug.

Drug Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham said the Cannabis Eradication Program will continue during the coming weeks across the State’s north.