Police nab $400k drugs at coast raid
POLICE Wednesday seized drugs with a street value about $400,000 after a raid on a property north of Yeppoon.
Officers from the Rockhampton and Yeppoon Crime Investigation Branch swooped on the acreage property at Woodbury early in the day after a tip-off from a person in the community.
The raid netted 196 cannabis plants, which ranged in size from seedlings to mature plants higher than 2m. The bust is the latest in a string of raids this year.
Officer-in-charge of the Rockhampton Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad, Detective Sergeant Glenn Powell, said the haul was a significant amount.
Sergeant Powell said police would continue their ongoing fight against the drug scene in the Central Region and appreciated the community's assistance.
He said a 47-year-old man had been charged at the Yeppoon Police Station with producing a major quantity of cannabis, possessing cannabis and other drug-related charges.
The man will appear in Yeppoon Magistrates Court on October 2 and had been granted bail.
Sergeant Powell said the plants would be analysed by police scientific experts for court purposes and would later be destroyed.
Anyone with information that can help police about the region's drug scene can call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.CQ WAR ON DRUGS
- September 16: Police raid an acreage property north of Yeppoon and seize marijuana with a street value of about $400,000;
- August 20: 26 homes raided across Rockhampton with police seizing large amounts of drugs, property and weapons;
- July 27: 206 cannabis plants, with a street value of about $600,000, were seized in a raid at Mount Morgan; and
- May 12: Police raid a cattle property at Jardine, near Yaamba, north of Rockhampton, and seize 169 cannabis plants worth $1million. The raid netted 196 plants.