May 19, 2017
Three people have been charged and more than $600,000 in drugs and stolen property seized by police following an investigation conducted by the Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural), based in Kingaroy.
On Wednesday, detectives executed a search warrant on a rural property at Torbanlea.
They allegedly located a hydroponic crop consisting of 93 cannabis plants inside a machinery shed, along with a quantity of dried cannabis.
They also allegedly found cattle yard and handling equipment reported stolen from a leased property within Wongi State Forest in 2016.
A 62-year-old man has been charged with producing a dangerous drug, possessing a dangerous drug, possessing things used in the commission of an offence, possessing explosives, stealing, and receiving stolen property.
A 61-year-old woman was charged with possessing a dangerous drug, possessing a drug utensil and possessing a thing used in the commission of a crime.
On Thursday, detectives attended a Widgee property and allegedly located a further 73 cannabis plants, dried cannabis and cannabis seeds.
A 41-year-old man was charged with possessing a dangerous drug, producing a dangerous drug and possessing a utensil.
“The theft of equipment and infrastructure can have a significant impact on producers,” Detective Inspector Mick Dowie said.
“They are often required to leave equipment in remote areas with little protection, trusting people will not steal their valuable assets.”