Big cannabis bust in Red Gully

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WA Police seized more than 7500 cannabis plants at this Red Gully property nine days ago. Picture: WA Police

AT a property in Red Gully police officers recently found 14 commercial scale greenhouses with many of them being used to grow cannabis.

On Tuesday, October 23 WA Police said organised crime squad detectives attached to Taskforce Silverdrift had on Friday, October 19 dismantled a big commercial cannabis growing operation at a property north of Gingin.

Yanchep News Online understands the drug bust happened on a property on Mogumber Road West, which links the Brand Hwy and Bindoon-Moora Rd.

The Weekend West October 27-28 reported the Shire of Gingin had in June unsuspectingly approved a cucumber growing operation for the property.

The report said the owner thought the operators of the greenhouses were reputable growers, who had said they had a contract with Woolworths to grow Lebanese cucumbers and strawberries.

A WA Police spokesman officers had seized more than 7500 cannabis plants.

The spokesman said nobody was at the property when officers arrived and investigations into the operation were continuing.

Officers from Taskforce Silverdrift, forensics and other specialist areas spent the weekend processing and dismantling the operation. The seized cannabis was all destroyed.

Taskforce Silverdrift was initiated in 2017 after WA Police noticed an increase in the number of cannabis grow houses in Western Australia.

He said in the 2017-18 financial year, Taskforce Silverdrift executed 113 search warrants at properties solely used to cultivate cannabis and charged 58 people with 167 offences, including drug trafficking.  They also seized about 12,442 cannabis plants, 542.46kg of cannabis and about $600,000 cash and froze cash and assets worth almost $8.5 million.

Anyone with information regarding the property in Red Gully, or other properties where members of the public believe illicit drug growing activity may be taking place, is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by visiting www.crimestopperswa.com.au