Police capture moment they discover cannabis plants worth nearly a half a million dollars in a Townsville house, as two local men are charged with multiple drug offences
- Police executed a search warrant and found 118 cannabis plants in a house
- Two men from Aitkenvale in Queensland have been charged with drug offences
- Police video shows healthy plants inside hydroponic grow tents under lights
- The plants had been destroyed by the Police Tactical Crime Squad
- The two men will appear in Townsville Magistrate’s Court the next two months
Police captured the moment they found 118 cannabis plants worth an estimated $472,000 in a Townsville suburb last month.
Two men, a 35-year-old and a 23-year-old, have been charged with producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing drug utensils and two counts of possessing anything for use in the commission of a crime.
The 118 cannabis plants were found inside a property at Aitkenvale, a Townsville suburb
Plants inside a hydroponic ‘grow’ tent – the entire haul had estimated street value of $472,000
The plants were discovered when Queensland Police entered the Bareega Street property with a search warrant in the Townsville suburb of Aitkenvale on April 23.
Bodycam footage showed police exploring a number of rooms in the house, finding plants under ultraviolet light inside hydroponic ‘grow’ tents in one room and bushy plants on multiple stands inside other rooms.
A living room clothes rack on which plants are pegged to dry out is visible in another part of the police video.
Plants were found drying on a clothesline strung across the property’s lounge room
Two Aitkenvale men face multiple drug charges and will appear in court in June and July
‘Thanks to the diligent work of the Tactical Crime Squad (TAC) team, the drugs produced in this sophisticated set-up have been destroyed,’ TAC officer-in-charge, Rick Reeves said,
The 23-year-old Aitkenvale will appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on June 24 while the older man, also from Aitkenvale, will appear in the same court on July 8.