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Tip-off leads to $2m Sydney drug haul

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A call to Crime Stoppers has led to a Sydney drug raid that netted more than $2 million worth of hydroponic cannabis.

A 31-year-old Vietnamese woman faces up to 20 years' jail if convicted after she was arrested at one of two south-western Sydney homes raided as a result of the tip-off, police said.

She has been charged with cultivating a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, after police seized 584 cannabis plants from houses in Bonnyrigg and Smithfield.

The Vietnamese national was due to appear at Bankstown Local Court later on Tuesday.

Police said the plants had a potential street value of more than $2 million.

Acting assistant NSW Police Commissioner Frank Mennilli said a member of the public called Crime Stoppers after noticing suspicious activity at the Bonnyrigg home.

The homes raided by police had been gutted for the specific purpose of growing cannabis and electricity supplies had been illegally diverted to power the operation, Mr Mennilli said in a statement.

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