Drug den warn­ing

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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.

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