Man caught red-handed watering $650,000 marijuana crop in police raid

A MAN will spend at least the next two months behind bars after police allegedly caught him red-handed watering a cannabis crop worth more than half a million dollars on a property in the NSW Riverina.

Police said officers had gone to the Batlow Road property at Willigobung, roughly 50km south of Tumut to execute a search warrant around 10am on Wednesday.

When they arrived, they allegedly found a 46-year-old man watering a crop of mature cannabis plants.


During a search of the property, officers allegedly found a total of 301 mature marijuana plants, 10 plants grown hydroponically and more than 1kg of dried cannabis leaf.

Police said the drugs had an estimated potential street value of $650,000.

The man was taken to Tumbarumba Police Station where he was charged with cultivating a prohibited plant (commercial quantity), supplying cannabis, and enhanced indoor cultivation plant for commercial purpose.

He appeared in Wagga Wagga Local Court today where he was refused bail and ordered to remain behind bars ahead of his next appearance in Albury Local Court on Monday, May 7.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to cannabis cultivation and supply to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.