Police uncover 12,000 cannabis plants growing on properties near Brisbane

POLICE have set fire to a multi-million dollar mound of marijuana in southeast Queensland after seizing almost 12,000 cannabis plants in a series of raids near Esk, northwest of Brisbane.

Drug squad officers allegedly uncovered a number of “sophisticated hydroponic grow houses” and seized a staggering 11,795 cannabis plants from three properties at Coominya, Mount Hallen and Churchable on Wednesday.

The plants ranged in size from small seedlings through to mature 1.5m-tall bushes, police said.


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(Source: Queensland Police Service)

A large amount of cannabis was also allegedly found drying out and being prepared for distribution.

Two men, aged 24 and 26, were arrested at the Coominya property and charged with producing dangerous drugs.

Both are expected to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on January 10.

(Source: Queensland Police Service)

News helicopter footage showed police burning an enormous pile of cannabis plants on Thursday.

Drug squad Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker said the seizure would have a major impact on the drug market in Brisbane and southeast Queensland, including on the Gold Coast.

“Prior to the execution of yesterday’s search warrants investigations throughout Operation Papa Cider had already netted the arrest of seven people on 10 charges and the seizure of approximately 87kg of cannabis,” Detective Superintendent Wacker said.

“The estimated value of cannabis seized throughout this operation to date stands at approximately $60m.”

Police said investigations into the significant seizure are continuing and more arrests could be made.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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