Busted for dope

By TOBY WALKER

A MIDDAY raid on a Kungala property on Wednesday has yielded a cannabis crop with a potential street value of $70,000 and the arrest of a 39-year-old man.

Five police officers, acting on information given the previous day, issued a search warrant and entered the property, 50 hectares of unfarmed bushland 10km south of Grafton. Just before noon police entered the house, their search allegedly locating 77 hydroponically-grown cannabis plants at varying stages of maturity.

The plants, which ranged from 15cm to 80cm in height, were confiscated and taken away for further analysis. The plants will be destroyed. No other contraband was located in or around the property.

The man has been charged with cultivating a prohibited plant and is due to appear in Grafton Local Court on February 21.

Just hours earlier police arrested a 34-year-old Brisbane man for allegedly possessing a trafficable quantity of white powder, thought to be heroin, after stopping him near the New Italy rest stop on the Pacific Highway.

Police attention had been drawn to the man's blue Ford Falcon around 8.30am after it had been seen veering into the path of oncoming traffic as it travelled north near Tabbimoble on the highway.

The man drove away from the rest stop after he was located by police but was stopped again a short time later.

He was arrested for the purpose of conducting a blood and urine test after police observed that he appeared to be affected by drugs.

A further search of the vehicle allegedly turned up a brick of white powder ? deemed to be an amount suitable for the purposes of supply ? a quantity of cash and a small amount of cannabis.

The white powder will be analysed by police to confirm whether or not it is heroin.

The man has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, possessing and supplying drugs, and possessing goods in custody.



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