Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Clau­dia Alp clau­dia.alp@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

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.

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