Major cannabis operation found in Rochester drug bust

By Ivy Jensen

HUNDREDS of thousands of dollars’ worth of cannabis has been found in a drug bust in Rochester this morning.

Echuca detectives raided a Railway Rd address where they found an established hydroponic cannabis set-up inside the house.

“There were 232 plants in various stages of growth,” Detective Sergeant Barry Gray of Campaspe criminal investigation unit said.

“It's a significant find.

“It's a large number of plants compared to other places we've seen and I would say a quite expensive set-up.”

A 25-year-old man was arrested and is still being interviewed by police.

He is expected to be charged and face court in Bendigo on Wednesday.

Detective Sergeant Barry Gray of Campaspe criminal investigation unit during the drug bust at Railway Rd, Rochester. Photo: Cath Grey

DS Gray said the search warrant was the result of information from the public and police intelligence.

“This is not a big problem in Rochester. It's out-of-towners bringing ill will to the town,” he said.

“We know this will make a difference and impact on people who grow it and those who shouldn't be using it.”

DS Gray said it took police most of the day to seize all the plants and disassemble the operation, as power had to be cut to the house to make it safe.

Anyone with information about the investigation can contact Echuca police on 5483 1500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 


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