Drug squad update media on Bundamba raid

Million dollar drug den bust at Bundamba

What we know

  • More than $1 million worth of plants found
  • Five different grow rooms found inside the house
  • The hydroponics set up described by police as "committed" and sophisticated
  • Police believe the activity is likely linked to organised crime

A SOPHISTICATED cannabis set up worth more than $1 million is being dismantled at Bundamba.

About 300 plants were discovered inside the Tibbits St home spread across five different growing rooms.

Police believe the professional and committed hydrophobic set-up is likely linked to organised crime.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Parsons from the Drug and Serious Crime Group said the plants were high quality.

"This is without a doubt a serious set-up," Det Snr Sgt Parsons said.

"This house has probably been operating for between six to eight months and there is evidence the crops have been harvested previously."

Police also found evidence electricity was being stolen from the mains power supply.

A team of about 20 officers is collecting evidence and Det. Snr Sgt Parsons is hopeful DNA and fingerprints will be lifted from the equipment.

Dean Butler has been living next door for three years and says there's never been any obvious signs of illegal activity at the home.

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"It's a pretty quiet street and we all know each other except those guys. They were kind of like hermits," Mr Butler said.


The former residents moved out about 12 months ago.

Police first arrived at the home yesterday afternoon for a welfare check.

The door was reportedly left open for a number of days.

No one has been charged.

Police have seized the plants which will be incinerated.

Detectives would like to hear from any member of the pubic who may have seen anything suspicious around the vicinity of Tibbits Street to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Investigations are continuing.  



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