News

Home lost but $600,000 cannabis stash untouched by fires

Coffs Clarence Police have uncovered a hydroponics style cannabis crop located in a buried shipping container whilst inspecting dwellings damaged by the recent bushfire at Kremnos, 20km south of Grafton.
Coffs Clarence Police have uncovered a hydroponics style cannabis crop located in a buried shipping container whilst inspecting dwellings damaged by the recent bushfire at Kremnos, 20km south of Grafton. Frank Redward

POLICE inspecting fire-damaged dwellings at Kremnos this week weren't expecting to find any greenery left in the region, let alone 118 plants completely unscathed by Saturday's fires.

What they uncovered was a complex hydroponic cannabis operation in a buried shipping container.

Police first inspected the McGills Rd property on Monday afternoon while making inquiries into the fires which swept through the region on Saturday.

Power cords running from a nearby home led officers to a trapdoor in the ground, which lifted to reveal a buried shipping container.

During a search warrant conducted yesterday, officers located and seized 118 mature cannabis plants with an estimated street value of $590,000 from the underground bunker.

A 68-year-old man, who lived at the address, was arrested at the scene and charged with cultivation of a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and supply of a prohibited drug.

He has been granted bail to attend Grafton Local Court on September 15.

> > > NBN NEWS FOOTAGE OF THE HYDROPONIC CANNABIS FIND

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said the command would continue to crack down on all illegal drug activity in the region.

"If you want to grow, supply or use illicit drugs including cannabis in this command, you can expect a knock at the door at any stage," he said.

Topics:  bushfire, cannabis, clarence valley, drugs, police




Ghosts punish Panthers in bruising home clash

DOMINANT DISPLAY: Grafton Ghosts’ Jayden Connors and Adam Slater lock up a Sawtell Panthers’ attacker. The Ghosts’ brick wall defence was again strong as they shut out the Panthers in a 30-point victory.

The Ghosts put in a dominant display to clinch a 40-10 victory.

Entries open for running festival

The start of last year’s 20km run during the Coffs Harbour Running Festival.

Entries now open for premier North Coast running event in Coffs

Recharged Ghosts to tackle Sawtell Panthers at McGuren

Ghosts Khan Williams (back) during the Grafton Ghosts and South Grafton Rebels rugby league match at Frank McGuren Park on Saturday, 9th July, 2016.

"Now need to look at the big picture of the season"

Latest deals and offers

Reno stars want tradies to focus a little more on one thing

The Demmrichs want Tradies to look after their most important tool

Day 2 Splendour Pictures

Sticky Fingers perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Splendour in the Grass Day 2 covered in pictures.

WATCH: News reader tries her hand at hardcore shooter, Doom

Veteran journo and noob gamer takes a shot at Doom

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started