Cannabis jun­gle in sub­ur­bia

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A COOLUM Beach man was “cool and calm” when po­lice ar­rived to search his home and found more than 180 cannabis plants grow­ing in his sub­ur­ban back­yard.

Po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at the 52-year-old’s prop­erty on Jan­uary 13 after a tip-off from Crime Stop­pers.

They were stunned to find 182 plants, some higher than the roof line of the house.

Sun­shine Coast Tac­ti­cal Crime Squad Of­fice in charge, Se­nior Sergeant Scott Wig­gins said of­fi­cers weren’t ex­pect­ing the “un­usual” find in a “small, res­i­den­tial” home.

“We were ex­pect­ing to just find one or two (plants),” he said.

“They were rang­ing from small seedlings to ma­ture ones, with no real at­tempts to con­ceal them at all.”

Snr Sgt Wig­gins said the man was known to po­lice and showed no hos­til­ity or re­sis­tance when ar­rested.

“He was ac­tu­ally tend­ing to his crop when we ar­rived,” he said.

“He was quite sur­prised that he had got­ten away with it for so long.”

Snr Sgt Wig­gins said of­fi­cers also found two kilo­grams of dried cannabis in the laun­dry, but said there was noth­ing to sug­gest he was grow­ing for com­mer­cial use.

“It is a pos­si­bil­ity, but we are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing,” he said.

The 52-year-old has been charged with pos­sess­ing and pro­duc­ing drugs. He will ap­pear in Ma­roochy­dore Mag­is­trates Court on Fe­bru­ary 15.

Photo: QPS

OPEN GAR­DEN: The crop con­tained dif­fer­ent sized plants from seedlings to ma­ture-aged plants.

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