$60m worth of Cannabis seized after police raid properties in rural Queensland

$60m worth of cannabis seized after police raid properties in rural Queensland

Police have seized approximately $60 million worth of cannabis from two properties in rural Queensland.

Officers allegedly found 11 greenhouses containing almost 5,000 cannabis plants, along with dried and drying cannabis, at Coonambula, in the North Burnett region, on July 28.

Drug production equipment was also seized.

Three men from Victoria and a 41-year-old man from the Bundaberg region were charged with drug offences and taken into custody.

They will appear in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court on October 3.

The following day, a fifth man was taken into custody after he arrived at the property in a car allegedly containing drug equipment.

On July 29, police searched a Mount Maria property in the Gladstone region, where they allegedly found 15 sophisticated hydroponic purpose-built greenhouses.

Police seized more than 6,000 cannabis plants and more than 560 kilograms of dried cannabis, along with a small quantity of cocaine.

Six people on the property allegedly ran from the scene into nearby scrub and bushland when police arrived.

They were taken into custody after a search involving the dog squad, police said.

A 28-year-old man from New South Wales is expected to face court on August 17.

The matters of the other five men – two from Victoria and two from NSW – will be heard in court on October 3.

Drug and Serious Crime Group State Drug Squad Detective Inspector Bradley Phelps said the seizures were significant.

"Information from the local community was vital in assisting us to investigate and successfully execute these warrants and seize cannabis," he said. 

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