Police have seized a massive $1.7 million drug haul from a raid of two Lockyer Valley properties and crushed an alleged drug syndicate.
Police executed a search warrant at a Redwood Drive, Brightview rural property yesterday morning.
The property consisted of four greenhouses containing 4,581 cannabis plants of varying sizes, along with hydroponic growing chemicals, irrigation and machinery, which police allege was used for the large-scale production of cannabis.
Police also seized 28 kilograms of dried cannabis located in a shed on the property.
Detectives then executed a second search warrant on a Boyces Road, Mount Tarampa property yesterday afternoon, where a greenhouse with a sophisticated hydroponics system and a further 144 cannabis plants were seized.
Five men aged 46, 36, 21 and two aged 27, were charged with producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs and possessing anything used in the commission of a crime.
All are due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court today (May 18).
State Drug Squad Detective Acting Inspector Stephen Thiry said police allege both properties were being used by a criminal syndicate for the large-scale production of cannabis.
“This was a substantial cannabis production, and we will continue targeting and dismantling such productions and the illicit proceeds of criminal syndicates given the risk they pose to the community,” Insp Thiry said.
“Investigations remain ongoing, and we encourage the community to report suspicious behaviour to Crime Stoppers."
Detectives from the Crime and Intelligence Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group, with assistance from the Ipswich Tactical Crime Squad and Laidley police were involved.