$130K dope stash found
SOME carried guns, others handled sniffer dogs and several were gloved as police descended on the western end of Grafton Street yesterday and Stanthorpe, where up to $130,000 worth of cannabis was seized.
About 8am yesterday eight police cars – including four dog squad vehicles – swooped on three Grafton Street homes, all of which are believed to be linked to the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.
A Warwick Police Criminal Investigation Branch spokesman confirmed a total of six Warwick and two Stanthorpe residences were raided.
“Fifty-one mature cannabis plants were seized in Stanthorpe – three people were charged with possession of a dangerous drug and producing a dangerous drug,” the spokesman said.
It was estimated the mature plants – measuring about 244cm (eight feet high) – were worth between $2000 to $2500 each, with the largest pictured above estimated at $5000.
The CIB spokesman said a 28-year-old Elbow Valley man was apprehended in Warwick and charged with minor drug offences.
While Task Force Hydra officers were included in the Warwick raids, the cannabis located in Cannon Street in Stanthorpe was said not to be related to bikie gang activity.
“Officers from Warwick Police, State Drug Investigation Group, State Crime Operation Command, Task Force Hydra, Brisbane and Toowoomba Dog Squads participated,” the spokesman said.
“Police believe recent large-scale drug seizures have had an impact on the Warwick district as only minor drug offences were detected.”
A Warwick Police spokesman reminded people to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to report any criminal activity.
“Police wish to thank the public for information provided and a reminder that Crime Stoppers is available 24 hours a day for members of the public to provide information anonymously in relation to crimes,” he said.
The Daily News was yesterday invited into one of the Grafton Street homes raided by police by the mother of the current occupant, who claimed the residents had no connection with outlaw motorcycle gang activity.
The woman claimed the young couple had lived at the distinctively yellow-painted residence for just two weeks.
The address was the scene of a similar raid by police almost 12 months ago on February 26, 2009.