What led police to massive hydroponic pot crop?
POLICE will allege three people arrested at a Plainland property obstructed officers who were there to seize an elaborate hydroponic cannabis set-up.
Detectives were able to verify information received via Crime Stoppers that led to the seizure of 72 cannabis plants and delivered a major blow to cannabis supply in the Lockyer Valley.
Six police converged on the Plainland property on Monday and allegedly located a fully insulated shed used to grow and produce hydroponic cannabis.
Toowoomba Tactical Crime Squad Senior Sergeant Peter Jenkins said two men aged 20 and 48, and a woman, 53, were arrested on a combined 43 charges including 28 counts of supplying dangerous drugs after the police located 72 plants, including 36 fully grown plants, inside a shed on the property.
Snr Sgt Jenkins said the shed had been "fully lined and insulated" with extensive hydroponic equipment including heating lights, extraction fans and specially-designed lighting.
"Police were able to verify the information provided to us by a call to Crime Stoppers and as a result, we executed the search warrant.
"I think that this (seizure) would significantly reduce the amount of available cannabis in the Lockyer region as a result of this find."
Police dismantled and seized the equipment from the shed.