Two men have been charged by police after they uncovered a complicated cannabis production set-up at a North Queensland home.
- About 115kg of cannabis was found during the search of a house at Marian, near Mackay
- Police allege the house was purpose-built for the production of cannabis
- It is one of the biggest cannabis busts in Mackay in recent years
Police raided the house at Marian, 28km west of Mackay, on Friday. It was one of two properties searched on Kennys Road.
Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Tim Heller said it was a “substantial trafficking and production operation”.
“115kg of cannabis was located, which was a combination of growing cannabis, in preparation for packaging and approximately 50kg of packaged cannabis … ready for supply and sale in the community,” he said.
“The total street value of cannabis seized was in excess of $700,000.
Senior Sergeant Heller said police would allege the home was purpose-built for producing and packaging cannabis.
Rooms in the home were allegedly assigned to drying, packaging, and storing the drug.
Police also allegedly uncovered 87 MDMA capsules, 0.6 grams of cocaine, and 47 LSD tabs.
Men charged with 16 offences
A 55-year-old man has been charged with trafficking and producing dangerous drugs, along with four counts of possessing dangerous drugs, two counts of possessing anything used in the commission of a crime, and other drug-related charges.
A 59-year-old man was also charged with trafficking dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing anything used in the commission of a crime, and other drug-related charges.
The two men were denied police bail and were expected to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court today.
“It was a really good example of the proactive work that police in the Pioneer Valley do in tackling drugs in the community out there,” Senior Sergeant Heller said.