Red Gully cannabis growers due back in court

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Two people have been arrested and charged after police found cannabis plants growing in greenhouses on a Red Gully property. Picture: WA Police

DETECTIVES have charged a man and a woman over the big cannabis crop found at a property in Red Gully in October.

On Friday, November 2 WA Police said 31-year-old Nam Van Truong and 29-year-old Thuy Thi Dinh had been charged with cultivating cannabis with the intent to sell or supply.

A WA Police spokesman said Ms Dinh and Mr Truong were due in the Perth Magistrates Court the same day.

They were remanded in custody and are due back in court on Friday, November 30.

On Friday, October 19, organised crime squad detectives attached to Taskforce Silverdrift dismantled a commercial cannabis growing operation located at the Red Gully property north of Gingin.

At the property the detectives had found 14 commercial scale greenhouses with many of those structures being used to cultivate cannabis.

A WA Police spokesman said officers had seized more than 7500 cannabis plants, which had been destroyed.

Nobody was at the property when officers arrived.

Taskforce Silverdrift detectives, forensics and other specialist areas spent the weekend processing and dismantling the operation.

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

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.

The taskforce 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