Large haul for police

Detective Senior Constable Brett Long stands among the haul of illicit items seized.
Detective Senior Constable Brett Long stands among the haul of illicit items seized. Craig Warhurst

DETECTIVES seized what they have classed as one of the most elaborate hydroponic set-ups seen in the region, after an anonymous tipster led them to a Gympie address.

Mid-Saturday morning Gympie uniformed police and Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) detectives following the tip stormed a Gympie home and found a large number of cannabis sativa plants in varying stages of maturity, along with dried cannabis and firearms.

Detective Senior Constable Brett Long said about 12 of the plants seized were some of the highest quality found so far in Gympie.

He said the nature plants had a street value of about $2000 to $2500 per plant, or up to $30,000.

The large plants also had bulky mature heads ready for drying and were found along with about 30 seedlings also at the property.

The “elaborate” hydroponic set-up was located inside the home.

This intricate set-up consisted of irrigated pots growing seedlings and mature plants with fluorescent lighting and exhaust fans to help with the growing process.

Other items seized included electrical equipment and chemicals.

More than 200g of dried cannabis was also located and two .22 calibre pistols, along with money.

Detective Snr Const Long said a man, 51, had been charged with allegedly owning the large haul and was due to appear in Gympie Magistrates Court on May 17.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant and officer in charge of the Gympie CIB Dion Southey said yesterday the community played a major role in the bust and in helping to stop the spread of drugs in Gympie.

“Again we were able to recover information helpful in the reduction of drug crime in the Gympie region,” he said.

And that was thanks to the anonymous tipster.

“I would encourage more people to come forward with this type of information and either ring the Gympie Police or Crimestoppers,” Snr Sgt Southey said.

If you have any information about drug crime you can call the Gympie Police Station on 5480 1111 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

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