Crop house warrants in south east

Police from Southern Division 3 Divisional Response Unit have charged a man and seized over 400 alleged cannabis plants during three separate warrants in Melbourne’s south east this week.

Investigators executed a search warrant under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act (DPCSA) in Bollen Way, Koo Wee Rup on 2 June.

A 46-year-old man, who is a Vietnamese national with an expired visa, was arrested as he attempted to run from the premises.

A total of 166 plants were seized and an electrical bypass was discovered at the address.

The man was charged with cultivate, traffick and possess a commercial quantity of cannabis and theft of electricity; and was remanded to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 25 August.

On Thursday 4 June, investigators executed another DPCSA warrant in Pendula Court, Narre Warren.

A total of 98 plants were seized and another electrical bypass was discovered.

No person was home at the time and the investigation remains ongoing.

A third DPCSA warrant was executed in The Esplanade, Narre Warren South on Friday 5 June.

On this occasion another 157 plants were seized and another electrical bypass located.

No one was present at the address and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or log onto www.crimestoppersvic.gov.au.

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