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Drugs found after man shot drone: NSW cops


A NSW man accused of shooting down a real estate agent's drone will face court after police searched his property and allegedly found almost 200 cannabis plants.

The real estate agent visited a property at Burrell Creek on the state's Mid North Coast at 10.30am on Thursday to take aerial footage using the drone.

But the 46-year-old occupant of the property shot the drone with a firearm, NSW Police said in a statement on Friday.

Officers were called and searched the property, allegedly finding 187 cannabis plants, 20 kilograms of dried drug, and cash.

They searched a location about five kilometres from the property and allegedly found an unregistered .22 calibre rifle.

The man was arrested and charged with eight firearms and drug offences.

He is expected before Forster Local Court on Friday.

A few hours later another man, 57, was arrested in an unrelated police operation after they allegedly discovered him near a crop of 230 cannabis plants in the Banyabba Nature Reserve north of Grafton.

He was charged with cultivating cannabis and ordered to appear at Grafton Local Court on Friday.

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