A POLICE investigation into a noise complaint proved fruitful when 76 marijuana plants with a street value of around $150,000 were discovered in a shed and under shadecloths at a Gooloogong property.
While it was police from Gooloogong and Canowindra who made the initial discovery at around 11 am on Monday, police from around the central west, including Orange, were required to secure the area and plants.
Canobolas Local Area Command duty officer Dave Harvey, who supervised the Kangaroobie Road operation, said the discovery of the crop was a “good example of fine police work”.
Inspector Harvey said police had been called to the property following a noise complaint over the weekend and as part of an ongoing operation had found the plants, which varied in size from half a metre to a-metre-and-a half in height.
A 66-year-old man was charged with cultivating an indictable quantity of marijuana, being in possession of a prohibited drug and not securing his firearms.
The man was given bail to appear at Cowra Local Court on April 3.
Inspector Harvey confirmed the plants found on the property represented one of the most “significant” crops seized by police in the central west in recent times.
Inspector Harvey said police were “happy to have seized this quantity of cannabis” as part of an ongoing investigation into drug supply in the area.