A man has been charged after he was allegedly found to be growing cannabis plants inside a house at Newcastle.
Police executed a search warrant at the man’s home in Carrington Street at Mayfield around 1.45pm on Thursday.
A 66-year-old male resident was stopped leaving the house, police said.
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Officers searched the man and his vehicle and allegedly located cash and cannabis inside his car.
During a search of the man’s home, police allegedly located an amount of cannabis, and a hydroponic setup in three bedrooms.
Engineers were contacted to disable the building’s electricity supply when it was discovered the electricity distribution board had been allegedly tampered with.
The drugs and other items were seized and will undergo forensic examinations.
The 66-year-old man was arrested and taken to Newcastle Police Station where he was charged with:
- Cultivate prohibited plant (commercial quantity);
- Supply prohibited drug (commercial quantity);
- Possess prohibited drug;
- Person found on drug premises;
- Goods in custody (deal with suspected proceeds of crime); and
- Alter or add to electricity installation.
He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today.