A MAN and a woman are behind bars, charged with a long list of serious offences after allegedly stealing electricity to power three hydroponic drug houses in Brisbane’s south.
Detectives from Operation Papa Cider raided three homes at Moorooka, Upper Mount Gravatt and Annerley on Friday and seized 270 cannabis plants worth approximately $1,350,000.
Police allege the homes had been turned into sophisticated hydroponic ‘grow houses’ with each containing cannabis plants at various stages of maturation.
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Almost 200 plants were allegedly found growing in the Upper Mount Gravatt home, while a further 43 were found in the house at Moorooka. Thirty-two plants were seized from the house at Annerley.
A significant amount of hydroponic equipment was also seized, including light bulbs, ballasts, carbon filters, fans and irrigation systems.
Police allege the occupants had also been stealing electricity to power all three ‘drug houses’.
A 22-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man were arrested and charged with 29 offences between them, including producing, possessing and supplying dangerous drugs and stealing electricity.
They both fronted Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday morning where they were remanded in custody until July 2.
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