Detectives followed a tip-off that led them to 10 mature cannabis plants set up with a sprinkler program in a Phillip Street dwelling in Armidale.

The plants have been identified on February 19 and a 51-year old man was charged with cultivation of prohibited plants and possession of prohibited drugs. He will face court in April.

Police had the two properties concerned in their sights currently, New England Police District Detective Inspector Ann Joy mentioned.

“These have been quite mature plants that had been automatically water fed, in particularly wholesome situation, a plant of that kind can be up to $4000 per plant,” she mentioned.

“So I would estimate the street worth of these at $40,000.”

On the exact same day police identified 3 mature cannabis plants in Canambe Street.

An 18-year-old man was charged with prohibited plant cultivation and served a notice to go to court.

The seizures have been aspect of a sting by the Armidale Target Action Group that has illegal drug activity in its sights.

“It was an initial response to the facts nearby men and women had supplied police,” Inspector Joy mentioned.

“It involved a quantity of police in terms of logistics of the operation and we will continue to concentrate on that so any facts the public has to help us in identifying illegal drug activity we will act on.”

The public are reminded to preserve an eye out for uncommon comings-and-goings, blacked out windows and report any suspicious behaviour to police.

Detectives do not think the two alleged cannabis cultivation operations uncovered in Armidale are connected.