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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 has been refused bail 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 property's occupant, Jamie Robert Lulham, 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.

Lulham, 46, was arrested on Thursday and charged with eight drug and firearm offences before being denied bail at Forster Local Court on Friday.

He was excused from attending the court when the matter is next heard on March 5.

Meanwhile, Rodney John Lee Harding was arrested in an unrelated police operation on Thursday after officers allegedly discovered him near a crop of 230 cannabis plants at the Banyabba Nature Reserve north of Grafton.

Harding, 57, was charged with cultivating cannabis and granted conditional bail at Grafton Local Court on Friday.

His matter will next be heard at the same court on February 4.

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