Reported Maryborough drug bust worth more than $360K
MORE than $360,000 worth of marijuana plants has allegedly been found and seized from a Fraser Coast property.
On Sunday about 8.15am, officers from the Wide Bay Tactical Crime Squad conducted searched a Sussex St address.
Police say during the search, 147 marijuana plants, worth about $367,500, were allegedly found in three separate indoor areas, as well as 2.4kg dried cannabis leaf and 608g of cannabis butter.
A 51-year-old Maryborough man has been charged with seven offences including producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing restricted items, possessing utensils or pipes and possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence.
Hervey Bay Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Sergeant Mick Polit said investigations were continuing as to whether the plants were being grown for commercial use.
"I would say a quantity of that size would indicate to us he is supplying and investigations into that would be on-going," Det Sgt Polit said.
The Detective Sergeant said marijuana use could cause major issues for the Fraser Coast community.
"Obviously cannabis use is linked to property crime which is a major concern of ours," he said.
"It has a detrimental effect on a person's health, and these persons who are supplying are profiting from another person's misery and addiction."
Det Sgt Polit said information about the property came from a member of the public.
"We would certainly like to thank the public for that," he said.
"We always encourage people to contact us through Crime Stoppers or the PoliceLink website."
The man is expected to appear in Maryborough Magistrates Court on April 11.