Backyard pot growers busted
POLICE have seized 39 cannabis plants in the past two days in two separate raids at Goonellabah and another 78 plants from a Dunoon property.
At about 9am yesterday police saw four cannabis plants growing in the backyard of a house on Phillip St.
Police questioned the woman about the 2 metre high plants and she admitted growing the plants for personal use.
The woman will be issued with a future court attendance notice for cultivating a prohibited plant and possessing a prohibited drug.
At about 12.30pm today police located 35 cannabis plants growing at an address on Kingfisher Pl, Goonellabah.
The 25 year old male occupant of the house was charged with cultivating a prohibited plant.
At 11.30am this morning detectives attended an address in Dunoon in response to information received about cannabis being cultivated on the property.
Police spoke to the 45 year old owner who admitted that he had some cannabis plants growing under lights in a shed on the property.
Inside the shed a small area was sectioned off and detectives found was 78 plants ranging in height.
They also found 35 cuttings in an ice cream container.
When the man was interviewed he told police he grew the cannabis for personal use, to aid his medical conditions.
All the cannabis was seized along with a lampshade, globe and electricity ballast.
Police estimate the value of the plants to be approximately $78000.
The man will be charged with cultivate prohibited plant and possess prohibited plant.