Almost $2 million worth of cannabis seized in sweeping raids

ALMOST $2 million worth of marijuana has been seized in a major police operation on the Gold Coast.

Detectives raided seven homes and three storage sheds on the Coast on Wednesday and Thursday as part of Operation Papa Cider, set up to target a criminal gang trafficking cannabis throughout southeast Queensland.

Over the course of the 48 hours, officers seized 594 cannabis plants, as well as 64kg of the drug that had allegedly already been harvested and dried.


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The plants were allegedly found growing in three separate “hydro houses” in Mudgeeraba, Bonogin and Nerang.

Over 150 plants were allegedly seized from a home on Wallaby Drive in Mudgeeraba, while 227 plants were ripped up at a home on Leyshon Court in Bonogin.

A further 209 plants were found growing inside a home on Yarrimba Drive in Nerang.

Police said all three homes had been gutted and converted into “grow houses”, with the sole intention of cultivating hydroponic cannabis crops.

The 594 plants are estimated to have a combined street value of $1,485,000, while the 64kg of dried cannabis is believed to be valued at $426,383.

Officers also raided a home at Pacific Pines, as well as three units in Surfers Paradise, a storage facility at Ashmore and two sheds in Ormeau and Gaven.

A large quantity of hydroponic lights, filters, irrigation equipment, cash and chemicals were also seized.

Five people – three women and two men aged between 30 and 57 – were arrested and charged with 109 offences.

They are all due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on June 21.

 

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