Dramatic police footage shows the moment a team of strike force detectives uncovered a sophisticated drug house and dismantled a hydroponic set-up in a Sydney suburb.
Police from the Drug and Firearms Squad raided the Oran Park home, in Sydney’s southwest, and seized a total of 195 cannabis plants on Monday, valued at nearly $600,000.
A 27-year-old man from Cabramatta arrived home shortly after the police operation and was arrested and charged with cultivating cannabis for a commercial purpose.
He was taken to Narellan Police Station and charged with enhanced indoor cultivation of cannabis for commercial purposes and the use/consumption/waste of electricity without authority.
The man was refused bail to appear at Campbelltown Local Court today.
The set-up is believed to be connected to a highly organised criminal syndicate involved in the cultivation and supply of cannabis across Sydney.
Drug and Firearms Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent John Watson, says criminal syndicates operating hydro-houses in suburban areas put neighbouring residents at risk.
“Hydroponic houses have the potential to put surrounding houses and people in danger and they can be anywhere in the community,” he said.
“We would ask that the public remain vigilant to what is happening in their suburb and report any suspicious behaviour to police.
“Make no mistake – these activities are linked to organised crime and other illicit activities. Those involved simply want to profit no matter the cost.”
In case you’re wondering if there could be a hydroponic house on your street, NSW Police has put out a list of helpful warning signs.
SIGNS YOU COULD BE LIVING NEAR A DRUG HOUSE:
• Increased security measures (roller shutters, fences, vicious dogs in the yard)
• Increased use of electricity
• Increased use of water
• Illegal connection to electrical supply
• Condensation on windows
• Continual running of generators and lights
• Disposal of large amounts of garbage
• Large quantities of chemicals and fertilisers around the premises
• Locks or other methods in place to prevent access to the electricity metre box
• Discarded plastic containers and strong odours (fertilisers, liquid and bagged growing cultures).