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Opium poppy seeds discovered at Mount Morgan property

IN HIS 23 years of policing Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon had never seen opium poppy seeds, until this week.

The officer in charge of Rockhampton CIB (pictured) yesterday revealed that a substantial quantity of the seeds were discovered in Mount Morgan. He described them as a rare find.

About $20,000 in cash, two firearms and more than 200 cannabis plants were also found scattered around the Burnett Hwy property.

The stash was discovered on Wednesday after police executed a search warrant.

The seeds are currently being tested to determine whether they have been sterilised or not.

Sterilised seeds are unable to produce opium and are still illegal in Queensland.

A 32-year-old woman has been charged with one count of producing dangerous drugs, major possession of dangerous drugs, possessing suspected stolen property and possessing explosives.

She has also been charged with two counts of possessing weapons and is due to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on July 28.

The search was conducted as part of a series of raids across Mount Morgan, which also unearthed some utensils and minor possession matters at other addresses.

Small amounts of drugs and drug utensils were also unearthed at other addresses.

But Det Snr Sgt Moon said the charges did not indicate that Mount Morgan was a hotspot for drugs.

"It doesn't necessarily mean that there is a bigger problem in Mount Morgan than anywhere else, it's just that the officers are relentless in their pursuit of drug offences," he said.

He said there was a possibility that other people may be charged.

He also encouraged people to continue to ring Crime Stoppers with information.

Topics:  mount morgan, police, poppy, scott moon, seeds




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