750 marijuana plants seized near University of Queensland
A tip from the public has led police to the discovery of a major drugs manufacture and distribution ring operating near the University of Queensland at St Lucia.
Search warrants were executed at four properties on Sir Fred Schonell Drive and The Esplanade by members of the Organised Crime Investigation Unit and Indooroopilly Criminal Investigation Bureau early this morning, seizing about 750 marijuana plants, $15,000 in cash and cars believed to be the proceeds of crime.
Bags of cut and dried marijuana and hydroponic equipment valued at $70,000 have also been confiscated.
Police have detained eight people in relation to the haul, all of Vietnamese origin. Two suspects are currently being questioned by immigration officials in relation to their citizenship status
"We have recovered quite and extravagant hydroponic setup run by an organised group involved in the manufacture, distribution of hydroponic cannabis," Detective Inspector Mark Ainsworth said
As well as the equipment and live plants police, seized 10 kilograms of marijuana which was drying in bags.
Detective Inspector Ainsworth said police believed the group had been operating in the area for some time.
In one house on Sir Fred Schonell Drive the entire upstairs level had been converted for the production of marijuana, with windows blacked out, lights, fans and a hydroponic system in operation.
"They are a very organised group there's a number of people acting in conjunction with one another and I think the methodology they have taken to grow these plants and the set-up indicates they are a very organised group," he said.
Workers from Energex were inspecting the premises today to see whether the group had tapped into the local power supply.
"We've had assistance from Energex here today and they are still making inquiries into the power supply but all I can say is the power usage of this residence is very high," Detective Inspector Ainsworth said.
Police have yet to estimate the street value of the drugs.
November 17, 2009 - 5:28PM