Cops seize 70 plants in Oak Beach raid

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

MOSS­MAN de­tec­tives seized 70 cannabis plants from an Oak Beach home dur­ing raids on the week­end.

The plants, be­tween 1-1.6m in height, were lo­cated af­ter po­lice ex­e­cuted search war­rants at a Fin­lay Cr home in Oak Beach on Satur­day.

A 48-year-old Oak Beach man has been charged with pro­duc­tion and pos­ses­sion of a dan­ger­ous drug af­ter po­lice raided the prop­erty and lo­cated the plants grow­ing in pots.

Moss­man CIB De­tec­tive-sergeant Trevor Per­ham said po­lice also seized a small quan­tity of dried cannabis al­legedly for per­sonal use.

“Po­lice were re­spond­ing to in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from the gen­eral public about drug of­fences com­mit­ted in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“We took out search war­rants, con­ducted the search and lo­cated ev­i­dence which re­sulted in the ar­rest.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and the seized plants have to be an­a­lysed by a foren­sic botanist to iden­tify them.”

A Port Dou­glas home was also raided by the de­tec­tives at Trochus Close on Sun­day.

A 45-year-old Port Dou­glas man was sub­se­quently charged with pro­duc­tion and pos­ses­sion of a dan­ger­ous drug and pos­ses­sion of a uten­sil af­ter po­lice found four cannabis plants.

Both men will ap­pear in the Moss­man Mag­is­trate’s Court on March 21 and in­ves­ti­ga­tions into drug of­fences in the Dou­glas re­gion will con­tinue.

“The fight against drugs is on­go­ing and if any­body in the com­mu­nity has in­for­ma­tion about drug of­fend­ers or use of il­le­gal drugs they can tele­phone Moss­man CIB or Crime Stop­pers,” Se­nior De­tec­tive Per­ham said.

“And all in­for­ma­tion re­ceived is treated as con­fi­den­tial.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Moss­man CIB on 4098 2177 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Vi­sion re­alised:

Kuku Yalanji el­der Roy Gib­son

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