Police have been left shocked and surprised after finding a young boy locked in a room at a NSW property containing a sophisticated hydroponic drug operation.
Officers found the eight-year-old on the remote Elands property, northwest of Taree, on Friday when they uncovered the elaborate set-up containing over 200 marijuana plants.
It’s understood he told Police he was only allowed out of the room, containing only a mattress and bucket, to do chores.
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There are also reports he had been locked in the shed for more than three weeks and suffered through storms and extremely high temperatures.
Three other children, aged between 12 months and nine years of age, were also discovered at the property and are now in state care.
Police uncovered an elaborate hydroponic drug set-up located beneath a working spa bath.
The cover lifted off via a hydraulics system.
Following the raids, a 28-year-old man and 26-year-old woman, believed to be the mother, were both charged with cultivating a large commercial quantity of a prohibited plant and detaining a person with intent for financial advantage.
A 19-year-old man was charged with cultivating a large commercial quantity of prohibited plant.