Major Drug Bust in Esk: 11,795 Cannabis Plants Seized

Operation Papa Cider

Major Drug Bust in Esk:  11,795 Cannabis Plants Seized Image: QPS

It was a huge operation starting in July this year.  Operation Papa Cider wrapped up yesterday resulting, in the seizure of 11,795 cannabis plants.

State Crime Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group with assistance of police from the Southern Region completed the significant drug enforcement operation yesterday.  Operation Papa Cider focused on cannabis production and trafficking in South East Queensland, particularly South Brisbane and Brisbane Valley.

Search warrants were executed at three properties in Coominya, Mount Hallen and Churchable yesterday with police discovering separate sophisticated hydroponic grow houses and a total of 11, 795 cannabis plants.

The plants located ranged in size from small seedlings through to mature plants, one and a half metres in height.

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A large seizure of product was also located in various stages of the drying procedure which was being prepared for distribution.

Two men, aged 24 and 26, were located during the raids at Coominya and have both been charged with producing dangerous drugs.

Both are expected to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on January 10.

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