Police arrest man, 63, for crops
FORTY-four cannabis plants and an assortment of cultivation props were found by police at a property in Warwick’s Percy Street yesterday afternoon.
After receiving a tip-off from members of the public, police and CIB detectives raided the house just after 2pm.
The sole occupant, a 63-year-old man, who was at home, was arrested and taken to the police station for questioning. He had not been charged before time of print.
Constable Jade Fleming yesterday told the Daily News, “We issued a search warrant after we received certain information from the public.
“We located a hydro set up totalling 44 leaf plants and equipment used in the preparation of the plants.
“The occupant was present during the search and has not yet been charged.”
Engineers from Ergon Energy were called to the home to disconnect the electricity, which was allegedly being stolen from other supplies to help power the solar equipment used to help the plants grow.
Meanwhile, neighbours in the street remained unaware of what was happening on their doorstep.
Neighbour Jill Greentree was hanging out her washing when the Daily News asked her if she knew the occupant of the raided house.
“I’m pretty shocked, I had no idea – I didn’t see a lot of the man that lived there. We would just say a few things to each other every now and again,” she said.
“I saw him just this morning – this street is so quiet, you never have any problems like this.
“It just goes to show, you never know what’s going on, do you?”