A 53-year-old man has been charged with possession of prohibited drugs, possession of a prohibited weapon and cultivating a prohibited plant after police uncovered a hydroponic set-up at his residence.
At approximately 8:45am on April 30, police executed a search warrant for a property on Old Willbriggie Road in Hanwood.
Police located a 'sophisticated hydroponic set up' and seized 16 small cannabis plants in an initial search of the bedroom. A further search revealed a hidden trap door underneath the living room carpet, leading to an underground bunker.
Officers seized another 10 mature cannabis plants being grown under heat lamps.
Officers also found a quantity of methylamphetamines, MDMA and a trench knife, classified as a prohibited weapon. They confiscated these, as well as other 'equipment consistent with the cultivation and supply of cannabis.'
The 53-year-old was arrested at the scene and taken to Griffith Police Station. He was charged with five offences; cultivating a prohibited plant, altering electricity installation for metering, possession of a prohibited weapon without permit and two counts of possessing prohibited drugs.
He was refused bail for a court appearance, and will face Griffith Local Court again at a later date.
The officers were from Strike Force Kincora, a team from the Murrumbidgee Police District tasked with finding hydroponics used for growing cannabis, and investigating links to organised crime.
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