Hundreds of cannabis plants were seized during a raid of a Numurkah home on Wednesday, in what police are calling a sophisticated, devised set-up.
A Melbourne man, 23, was arrested at a McGregor St property just after 6pm, where police allegedly discovered a highly developed hydroponic operation.
A crime scene guard was placed at the property overnight, before Powercor ensured the electrical components of the area were secure the following morning.
Just after 9am yesterday, forensic police from Melbourne arrived at the property and seized 176 cannabis plants.
Numurkah police Sergeant Tim Gleeson said the man arrested was allegedly looking after the plants, and it is believed he allegedly answered to a number of other individuals in charge of the operation.
‘‘The arrested man was just tending to the plants and wasn’t the main person,’’ Sgt Gleeson said.
‘‘The fellow is based in Melbourne and stays up here, while he’s away someone else will cultivate the plants and then remove the plants.’’
The raid was part of a Numurkah and Wangaratta police investigation that spanned months and Sgt Gleeson said police were still working to track down additional perpetrators.
‘‘We’re not entirely sure why they’ve chosen Numurkah, it’s a quiet town, there’s cheap housing, but that is still being investigated,’’ Sgt Gleeson said.
‘‘It was a very sophisticated set-up, they knew what they were doing, I can’t imagine there has been a bigger raid in Numurkah in the past few years, so we’re really happy with the result in getting the drugs off the streets.
‘‘Finding that many plants and arresting one person is just the start of the investigation.’’
Police interviewed the man, 23, yesterday.