Australian police have arrested 34 people and seized 6,000 cannabis plants in the biggest series of drug raids in the history of Victoria state.

Police Deputy Commissioner Ken Jones said Tuesday that the ongoing operation has smashed a cartel that has raked in an estimated 400 million Australian dollars ($395 million).

"Perhaps the greatest scourge in our community is the vile traffic in illicit drugs — lives and neighborhoods are destroyed while those who profit from this trade like to think their involvement goes on unnoticed," Jones told reporters.

The organized crime group producing the cannabis had connections to New Zealand and Vietnam and had been operating for two years, Jones said.