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Two men arrested for growing cannabis in Uriarra

A Tuggeranong man will face court and another may face charges after police discovered a cannabis crop in Uriarra Forest.
A Tuggeranong man will face court and another may face charges after police discovered a cannabis crop in Uriarra Forest. Photo: ACT Policing

A Tuggeranong man will face court and another may face charges after police discovered a cannabis crop in Uriarra.

ACT Policing's Rural Patrol team came across the two men carrying backpacks walking out of the Uriarra State Forest on Thursday.

Cannabis removed from Uriarra Forest.
Cannabis removed from Uriarra Forest. Photo: ACT Policing

The men were carrying water containers and insecticide but claimed they were out picking blackberries.

Both men were taken into custody. The 28-year-old Tuggeranong man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on cannabis cultivation offences. The second man may also face charges.

Police had been patrolling Uriarra Forest west of Canberra this week following suspicions of a cannabis crop in the area. 

Officers also located two other cannabis plantations nearby.

In total they removed 57 harvest-ready cannabis plants weighing a total 35 kilograms plus associated cultivation tools.

ACT Policing and ACT Parks and Conservation Rangers collaborate and share intelligence on issues and offences such as the use of bush land in the territory for the cultivation of cannabis.

Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or act.crimestoppers.com.au.