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74-year-old man charged after drug raid

DETECTIVES have arrested three men after the alleged discovery of a large cannabis crop at Lowmead, north of Bundaberg on Tuesday. Contributed

A 74-year-old Urangan man is one of three people charged after police discovered a drug crop valued at more than $1.2 million on two isolated properties.

Police allegedly uncovered 377 cannabis plants, of which 128 were seedlings, and about 20kg of dried cannabis at a property in Lowmead, north of Bundaberg.

Police believe the plants had been established on two isolated rural properties for more than two years.

"The main property in Meckellor Rd was a 200 hectare property and (there were) small lots established throughout the property, mostly in heavily wooded areas of 20 to 30 plants in raised beds that were netted off to prevent wildlife attacking them," Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Daren Edwards said.

"They were also well-watered from a dam and pumping systems there.

"It's quite primitive but it was obviously going well."

He said about 20kg of dried marijuana allegedly found was "good product".

"You can average $3500 for a kilo from each plant so... a substantial amount of money can be made from the product." He said police were looking into potential profits from the crops.

"We will investigate the proceeds of that enterprise for sure."

A 74-year-old Urangan man was issued with a notice to appear in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on October 29 relating to one count each of producing and possessing dangerous drugs.

A Wurtulla man aged 48 has been charged with five drug offences including one count each of trafficking in dangerous drugs, producing and possessing dangerous drugs.

He is due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on November 5.

A 51-year-old man from Perrearra will appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on November 10 on drug possession and production charges.



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