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Police warning over private rentals as cannabis growhouse discovered


Police warning over private rentals as cannabis growhouse discovered

Sophie Foster

16 AUG 2017


Police vision of a cannabis crop in a house in Hea 

Police vision after a cannabis crop was seized in Heathwood. Picture: Supplied

POLICE have warned property investors not to rent homes out privately after seizing $850,000 worth of cannabis plants from one house.

A statement from Queensland Police said a “significant cannabis growhouse” was located at a Heathwood address, about half an hour from the Brisbane CBD.

Detective Inspector Lance Vercoe of the Drug and Serious Crime Group warned such occurrences were not uncommon.

“We are seeing this type of hydroponic setup more often, with criminals paying cash to rent directly from the property owner,” he said.

“The offenders have caused tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to the property, breaking through doors and walls in order to grow the cannabis.

“Members of the public who seek to rent their properties should be extremely wary of renting their properties out privately and should consider taking the appropriate steps to protect your property.”

The two storey house was unoccupied when detectives executed a search warrant. The search was conducted after a tipoff from members of the public.

Original article found HERE at The Courier Mail.

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