Woman on drug charges
Police say they have disrupted a major source of cannabis in Kalbarri after a raid uncovered a sophisticated hydroponic set-up last week.
Kalbarri police made the discovery in a shed at a Kalbarri home on Tuesday last week after receiving a tip-off from a member of the public.
Kalbarri Police Station officer-in-charge Sergeant Norm Gill said the alleged grower had gone to great lengths to conceal the set-up.
“Within the shed, we found three hydroponic tents, all fully enclosed and sealed in a way so that they didn’t let out light,” he said. “They also had a filtration system to filter air coming out so the smell wouldn’t be detected by neighbours.”
Sgt Gill said the estimated weight of the 10 plants seized was about 4kg.
“It’s quite a significant drug bust for our community, which should reduce the flow-on effects of criminal behaviour and domestic-related incidents,” he said.
A 52-year-old Kalbarri woman has been charged with cultivating cannabis with intent to sell or supply, possessing cannabis and possessing drug paraphernalia.
She will face Kalbarri Magistrate’s Court next month.
Sgt Gill said police were still investigating and the woman’s partner, a 62-year-old man, would also likely be charged.
He said Kalbarri police encouraged anyone with information to come forward.
“That information will remain highly confidential,” he said.