Drug squad officers lift open rusty tool box in backyard shed and find a secret stairway to an underground cannabis bunker
A Hollywood-style underground drug bunker has been uncovered by police after an anonymous tip off lead them to a backyard shed in a suburban street.
Queensland police officers arrived at the Mooroombool property in Cairns after receiving a tip-off from Crimestoppers about an elaborate cannabis operation.
A rusty tool box in the shed contained a false bottom concealing a set of makeshift steps down into a hidden bunker which contained a hydroponic cannabis lab with seven plants, 9 News reported.
Police arrested a 46-year-old man at the property who will face the Cairns Magistrate Court on multiple drugs charges next week.
Experts in confined spaces and Ergon Energy were employed to sign off on the safety of the bunker before officers seized the plants and paraphernalia.
‘Hydroponically produced cannabis has a far more significant yield and you don’t need many to be able to make a significant profit,’ a Queensland police spokesman said.
This is the second significant seizure of cannabis by Queensland Police in a week after a Vietnamese national was allegedly caught with $1million worth of cannabis during a routine traffic stop.
At about 7pm on Monday officers from Ipswich Tactical Crime Squad were carrying out patrols when they pulled over a Hyundai iLoad on the Warrego Highway for a routine traffic stop.
Police said the a strong smell of cannabis was coming from the vehicle which prompted the officers to conduct a search.
The search resulted in the alleged discovery of more than 250kg worth of cannabis, equating to a street value of more than $1.5 million dollars.
Cuong Van Phan, 27, was charged with one count of possessing dangerous drugs and appeared in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
He did not apply for bail and remains in police custody.
‘The intercept was an outstanding result for not just the Ipswich and Minden areas, but no doubt the South East of Queensland as well, removing such a vast quantity of illegal drug from circulation,’ Senior Sergeant Fleming of Queensland Police said