Black Mt goes green

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

A po­lice raid on a Black Moun­tain Rd prop­erty in Ju­lat­ten net­ted 42 ma­ture cannabis plants this week.

Three in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Cairns Tac­ti­cal Crime Squad and two de­tec­tives from the Moss­man Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch de­scended on the large acreage prop­erty in the early hours of Mon­day morn­ing. They had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion re­cently about pos­si­ble cul­ti­va­tion of cannabis in the area, and came pre­pared with a search war­rant after an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Dis­cov­ered grow­ing on the prop­erty was a cannabis plan­ta­tion (with) an elab­o­rate ir­ri­ga­tion set up,” said De­tec­tive Sgt Trevor Per­ham of Moss­man CIB.

“We seized 42 two-me­tre cannabis plants and a quan­tity of grow­ing equip­ment.

“The po­ten­tial es­ti­mated street value of the cannabis would be in ex­cess of $100,000, and was des­tined for the lo­cal mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to in­tel­li­gence.”

A 57-year-old Ju­lat­ten man, be­lieved to be the owner of the prop­erty, was charged with one count of pro­duc­ing a dan­ger­ous drug, as well as a lesser charge of pos­sess­ing drug uten­sils which were found in the home on the prop­erty. The charge of pro­duc­ing dan­ger­ous drugs in the quan­tity seized car­ries a max­i­mum sen­tence of 20 years im­pris­on­ment.

The man will face the Moss­man Mag­is­trates Court on December 21. The 42 ma­ture plants are des­tined to be destroyed by po­lice.

Det Sgt Trevor Per­ham of Moss­man CIB pic­tured hold­ing one of 42 ma­ture cannabis plants seized from a Ju­lat­ten prop­erty

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