Landowner stunned after finding 8000 cannabis plants worth $20m growing on his property

A MAN has been left stunned after police found an enormous cannabis crop growing on his property in north Queensland.

Officers allegedly found more than 8000 marijuana plants worth $20 million growing on the man’s mountainous property at Calen, north of Mackay.

Police made the discovery while executing a search warrant on Wednesday, finding multiple crops of cannabis growing on four large sites deep in the bush.


“The land owner was not aware his land was being used to grow cannabis,” police said in a statement on Thursday.

Source: Queensland Police

It’s understood criminals have been cultivating the prohibited plants on the property for the last six months.

The setup was sophisticated, complete with solar-generated power.

Source: Queensland Police

Source: Queensland Police

Two Bucasia men, aged 71 and 37, have been arrested and charged with producing dangerous drugs.

They are due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday morning.

Detective Inspector Bruce Duck said the crops, which he said covered the size of two basketball courts, were destroyed at the scene, along with eight kilograms of dried cannabis.