3:00 PM POLICE say marijuana crops valued at more than $1.2 million had been established on two isolated rural properties for more than two years.
Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Brach officer-in-charge Daren Edwards said two men from the Coast had travelled to the properties at Lowmead, north west of Bundaberg, to tend to the crops.
Officers yesterday allegedly uncovered 377 plants, of which 128 were seedlings.
"The main property in Meckellor Rd was a 200 hectare property and the offenders there had small lots established throughout the property, mostly in heavily wooded areas of 20 to 30 plants in raised beds that were netted off to prevent wildlife attacking them," Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards said.
"They were also well-watered from a dam and pumping systems there.
"It's quite primitive but it was obviously going well."
He said about 20kg of dried marijuana allegedly found was "good product".
"You can average $3500 for a kilo from each plant so... a substantial amount of money can be made from the product and obviously they have been going for more than two years so it was profitable to them.
He said police were looking into potential profits from the crops.
"We will investigate the proceeds of that enterprise for sure."
11:00 AM: Two Coast men arrested after cannabis raids near Bundaberg
TWO Sunshine Coast men are among three charged by police after 370 cannabis plants were discovered at Lowmead, north of Bundaberg.
Police raided properties on Meckellor and Korenan roads, finding the plants which ranged from seedlings to mature trees.
Officers also allegedly found about 20kg of dried cannabis.
A 48-year-old Wurtulla man has been charged with five drug offences including one count each of trafficking in dangerous drugs, producing and possessing dangerous drugs.
He is due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on November 5.
A 51-year-old Perrearra man was issued with a Notice to Appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on November 10 relating to one count each of producing and possessing dangerous drugs.
A 74-year-old Urangun man was issued with a Notice to Appear in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on October 29 relating to one count each of producing and possessing dangerous drugs.
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