Drug den warning
A BECKENHAM homeowner has told of the damage caused by an organised crime group that turned his rental property into a cannabis farm.
Kai Kang has to foot the bill after police discovered every room in his property had been converted to grow the plant.
He initially believed he was renting the property to a Vietnamese family who had moved from interstate, but their documentation proved to be fake.
Mr Kang said it was going to cost about $20,000 to repair the damage.
“They cut the power and bypassed the meter, they cut out the old fan pipes; there’s a lot of water running on the floor,” he said.
“Some of the skirting board along the wall has peeled off. They tore away some of the carpet in the room; we have to repaint all the walls and plaster the ceiling.”
He said the gang was organised, given he lived nearby but never suspected anything.
“They’re so professional, it (the house) looked quite ordinary,” he said.
“The only thing which was a little bit strange was when you passed by at night, you could see the light was on but you never saw any vehicle parked.”
Mr Kang said while the perpetrators were arrested, it was hard to catch them.
“Normally when you do your first inspection to check the house it is after three months, but the police said if you go to that property for the inspection, they’d already gone,” he said.
An organised gang damaged this Beckenham house in order to grow cannabis.