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Major cannabis bust in Esk nets 12,000 plants

Twelve thousand cannabis plants have been seized at Esk.

Operation Papa Cider was set up in July to focus on cannabis production and trafficking in South East Queensland, particularly South Brisbane and Brisbane Valley.

Search warrants were executed at three properties in Coominya, Mount Hallen and Churchable yesterday with police discovering separate sophisticated hydroponic grow houses and a total of 11, 795 cannabis plants - some up to one-and-a-half metres.

Police also found a large quantity of cannabis in various stages of the drying procedure which was being prepared for distribution.

Two men, aged 24 and 26, were located during the raids at Coominya and are expected to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday.

Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the State Crime Command Drug and Serious Crime Group said the location and seizure of this cannabis is very significant and will have a major impact on the availability of in the Brisbane and South East Queensland drug markets.

“Prior to the execution of yesterday’s search warrants investigations throughout Operation Papa Cider had already netted the arrest of seven people on 10 charges and the seizure of approximately 87kg of cannabis,” Detective Superintendent Wacker said.

“The estimated value of cannabis seized throughout this operation to date stands at approximately $60m.”