Ipswich man charged over drug bust near Stanthorpe

An Ipswich man has been charged after police found a large stash of cannabis plants at a property near Stanthorpe on Friday.

Police executed a search warrant at the Old Warwick Road, The Summit property around 10.30am and will allege that hundreds of mature plants were located in five hydroponics rooms specifically designed with lighting and an irrigation system for the plants.

Police also reportedly found two drying racks which had a large amount of dried cannabis.


Police will further allege a sophisticated hydroponic growing system and quantity of cannabis was located in the garage.

A 39-year-old Gailes man has been issued with a notice to appear, on one count each of produce and possess dangerous drugs, possess thing used in connection with a crime and stealing electricity.

Officer in Charge of Stanthorpe Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), Detective Sergeant Damien Grace said that the arrests signal another successful week acting on information supplied by the community through Crime Stoppers and other intelligence sources.

“We are committed to removing harmful drugs from the community and we accomplish that through proactive policing and information from the public. Every drug, every weapon police seize contributes to the safety of our community.”

“We continue to encourage members of the public to contact Crime Stoppers if they notice suspicious behaviour in and around their neighbourhoods. Together we can help disrupt drug networks in the Darling Downs and the Granite Belt.” Detective Sergeant Grace said.