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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Charges laid over alleged hydroponic house

A man has been charged with additional drugs offences as part of a two-year investigation into a hydroponic house in the Hunter Region.

At about 7.30pm on Saturday 24 March 2018, officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attended a home on Honeysuckle Drive, Aberglasslyn, where they located a large amount of cannabis.

Officers established a crime scene, with Strike Force Devom set up to conduct an investigation into the alleged cultivation of cannabis.

Two days later (Monday 26 March 2018), strike force detectives executed a search warrant at the property, which they will allege in court had been converted into a hydroponic house.

Officers located and seized a number of items, including 321 cannabis plants and over 22kg of loose cannabis leaf.

As part of ongoing inquiries, police attended a home on Dimmock Street at Hunterview, near Singleton, on Wednesday 16 September 2020, where officers allegedly located and dismantled an elaborate hydroponic setup.

A 28-year-old man was arrested and charged; he remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, police issued the man a Court Attendance Notice for cultivate large commercial quantity of prohibited plant yesterday (Monday 12 October).

He is due to next appear at Muswellbrook Local Court on Monday 16 November.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via its online reporting page. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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