26 August 2022

Rocky Hall man arrested after Merimbula drug bust

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A man has been charged after police located and dismantled a hydroponic cannabis set-up in Merimbula. Photo: NSW Police.

A Rocky Hall man has been charged after police located and dismantled a hydroponic cannabis set-up in Merimbula.

Officers attached to the South East Region Enforcement Squad (SERES), with assistance from South Coast Police District, attended a home on Arthur Kaine Drive to conduct compliance checks in relation to a Firearms Prohibition Order and Weapons Prohibition Order, just after 8:30 am on Thursday 25 August 2022.

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While inside, police allegedly found a concealed sophisticated hydroponic cannabis set-up.

During a subsequent search warrant, officers located and seized almost 350 cannabis plants at varying stages of growth and almost 2.5 kg of dried cannabis, as well as quantities of methylamphetamine and MDMA.

Police also seized prescription medication, gel blaster rounds and equipment allegedly consistent with the cultivation of prohibited plants.

The prohibited plants will be destroyed.

Following further inquiries, a 42-year-old man was arrested and taken to Merimbula Police Station where he was charged with one count each of:

  • Enhanced indoor cultivation plant for commercial purpose – serious indictable offence,
  • Supply cannabis – greater than indictable quantity,
  • Possess cannabis – greater than indictable quantity, and,
  • Possess prohibited drug.

He has been refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court tomorrow.

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