Couple, 72 and 61, face court over drugs set-up

AN ELDERLY woman and her partner were arrested in relation to a drug bust that uncovered what police called a "sophisticated hydroponic system" in Stanthorpe.

Officer in charge Mark Ireland said police executed a search warrant at the Mt Tully Rd residence last Thursday, following on from a number of enquiries.

"At this address police located a number of cannabis plants being grown in a sophisticated hydroponic system," he said.

"The search also uncovered a quantity of dried cannabis and a variety of paraphernalia used for the production and consumption of dangerous drugs."

The 61-year-old man was charged with producing, supplying and possessing dangerous drugs, possessing drug utensils and possessing anything used in the commission of a crime.

His 72-year-old partner was charged with supplying a dangerous drug and permitting her place to be used for the production of dangerous drugs.

Both are due to front Stanthorpe Magistrates Court next month.

In other Stanthorpe news, motorists have been lucky to walk away from serious crashes last week.

At about 9.30pm on Thursday a rental truck smashed into a sedan that had stopped for roadworks on the New England Hwy at Applethorpe. Both drivers were hurt, fortunately neither received life-threatening injuries.

The 78-year-old Brisbane man driving the truck has since been charged with the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

At about the same time the following evening, another motorist had a lucky call when the car trailer he was towing became unsteady and he lost control.

Sgt Ireland said the car left the road and ploughed into a ditch, which caused the towed vehicle to be thrown from the trailer.

Both vehicles were severely damaged but the driver was not injured.

Investigations are continuing and no charges have been laid at this stage.

Anyone with information on these or any other crimes is urged to contact Police link on 131444 (non-life-threatening) or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800333000.



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