Man charged after $1m cannabis seized in hydro house raid – Muswellbrook

A man is due to appear in Singleton Local Court today charged after more a hydroponic cannabis house was found in Muswellbrook yesterday.

Officers attached to Hunter Valley Police District commenced an investigation into the alleged cultivation of illegal drugs after information was provided to police in March this year.

Following inquiries, officers executed a search warrant on a home in Madringa Avenue about 10am (Wednesday 15 May 2024).

Police discovered a sophisticated enhanced hydroponic set up inside the home incorporating artificial lighting and watering systems. A total of 188 plants were identified within the house, along with 18.4kg of dried cannabis in vacuum-sealed bags.

Police will allege the plants have an estimated potential street value of $550,000 while the leaf has an estimated potential street value of $460,000.

A 55-year-old man was arrested at the scene and was taken to Muswellbrook Police Station where he was charged with knowingly take part in the cultivation of cannabis, and take part in the supply of cannabis.

He has been refused bail to appear in Singleton Local Court later today (Thursday 16 May 2024).

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