Cops stumble across massive cannabis crop while arresting a group of vegan activists accused of storming the property of hard-working farmer
Queensland Police have accidentally stumbled across a cannabis crop after arresting a group of vegan activists accused of storming a farm earlier this year.
While searching a unit in Rocklea, Brisbane in relation to the March 23 incident, police last night found cannabis plants valued at more than $30,000.
A 38-year-old man was charged with six drug related offences and also questioned and charged in relation to the trespass incident at the Millmerran farm, police said.
The man will appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on June 25.
The discovery comes after police put into action several search warrants and charged 14 people in relation to the incident at the Brisbane farm.
Some of the activists have already appeared in court and a number of fines have already been issued, ranging from $500 to $1,300, police said.
The Millmerran incident was just one of several animal rights protests on farms and abattoirs, which prompted the state government to give police and biosecurity officers the authority to issue on-the-spot fines of $652.17 to activists on top of penalties for trespassing.
As part of their investigation, Queensland Police on Friday released footage of the incident in an attempt to get those involved to come forward.
‘If you are in this vision, you are encouraged to contact police,’ Detective Inspector Troy Pukallus of the Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) said.
‘This is your one opportunity to do it at your own volition, before we come knocking on your door.’
Police have also warned the general public about the seriousness of trespassing and discourage those who may be thinking of trying something similar.
‘Unauthorised entry by animal activists to places where animals are kept in Queensland occurs without regard for animal welfare, biosecurity, food safety and workplace health and safety risks,’ Detective Inspector Pukallus said.
‘This activity will result in prosecution,’ he said.
Anyone with information about the Millmerran incident has been urged to come forward on contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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