Police bust $600K cannabis plantation growing inside suburban Sydney home

Police have arrested and charged a man over an alleged indoor cannabis plantation in Sydney’s west.

The arrest was made by officers attached to the North West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad at Penrith, as part of an ongoing investigation into the indoor cultivation of cannabis in residential and commercial premises.

Just before 8am Thursday 30 July 2015, police attended a house in Darcy Road and executed a search warrant.


On arrival, police arrested a 21-year-old man as he allegedly tried to leave the house.

During a search of the house, officers allegedly located a sophisticated set-up for the hydroponic cultivation of cannabis.

Engineers were contacted to disable the building’s electricity supply when it was discovered the electricity distribution board had been allegedly tampered with.

Police will allege the entire house had been altered for the sole purpose of cultivating cannabis, including by-passed electricity supply, blocked-out windows, and plastic coverings on the floors and walls.

A total of 121 cannabis plants, cannabis leaf and numerous related exhibits were seized from the building. The cannabis plants have an estimated potential street value of $605,000.

The 21-year-old man was taken to Parramatta Police Station, where he was charged with enhanced indoor drug cultivation, enhanced indoor drug cultivation for commercial purpose, possess cannabis and electricity theft.

Inquiries are continuing.