POT LUCK RUNS DRY
FIRE crews got more than they bargained for when they allegedly discovered that flames weren’t the only thing rising high on a Strathdickie property last Friday.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews were fighting a grass fire which broke out about 11am.
The fire had escaped containment lines onto the neighbouring property, and upon entering, firefighters
allegedly stumbled across a cannabis crop which had escaped the blaze.
Both Whitsunday and Proserpine Police attended the scene and allegedly found three separate crops on the property.
Police said the plants were so well irrigated that although the fire burned hot around the crop, the plants remained untouched.
The crop, saved from the fire, was seized by police.
A police report said 278 mature plants were allegedly found, measuring 1.6-1.8m tall.
According to police, the estimated street value of the crop was more than $1 million.
They said 2.5kg of cannabis was stored in various locations around the property.
OIC of Whitsunday Police Station Senior Sergeant Nathan Blaine said that police willwould continue to target drug offences in the lead-up to Christmas.
“A haul of such a significant amount has an impact on the local supply which is great in the lead up to the Christmas period,” Snr Sgt Blaine said.
“We encourage anyone with information on this incident to come forward.
“All information is treated as confidential.”
Adrian Louis Rumble, 44, appeared in Proserpine Magistrates’ Court on Monday in a bail application, charged with producing a dangerous drug, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing anything used in the commission of a crime and possessing utensils that had been used to produce a dangerous drug.
He was released on bail to reappear on December 10.
UP IN SMOKE: One of the cannabis crops discovered by emergency services during a grass fire last Friday.