Dope grower busted

A POLICE raid on a South Grafton house that uncovered a hydroponic cannabis-growing set-up has resulted in a 43-year-old man being charged.

Grafton duty officer Inspector Murray Gillette said police swooped on the property on Monday.

“A search warrant was executed at an address in Armidale St, South Grafton, around 11.30am,” he said.

“As a result a 43-year-old male from South Grafton has been arrested and charged with a number of offences relating to the cultivation and possession of a prohibited drug, namely cannabis.”

Upon entering the house, Mr Gillette said police discovered a sophisticated hydroponic setup.

“It appears that the house was set up for hydroponics,” he said.

Mr Gillette said officers seized a total of 26 cannabis plants and 127 grams of cannabis leaf.

“The plants varied in size up to 1.5 metres in height, so they were fairly mature,” he said.

“With around a street value of $3000 per plant that's fairly substantial.”

The man was granted bail to appear on Monday, May 16.



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