Man growing illegal drug: charged

A MAN will face court next week after he allegedly tried to courier more than half a kilogram of cannabis into the Sunshine State.

He has also been charged over the seizure of cannabis worth $560,000.

Tweed/Byron police intercepted a package bound for North Queensland on Tuesday and officers arrested the 65-year-old after raiding a property in Rolands Creek Road at Uki on Wednesday afternoon.

The man was taken to Murwillumbah Police Station where he was charged with cultivating a commercial quality of a prohibited drug (hydro/enhanced), cultivating an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug, supplying a prohibited drug and possessing a prohibited drug.

Police seized 108 cannabis plants from a shed on the property and found a further 39 plants in pots on a nearby creek bed. Police also seized cannabis and cannabis seeds in the home.

Tweed/Byron Local Area Command crime manager, Detective Inspector Shane Diehm, said the arrest was part of the command's continued attack on drug supply and crime in the area.

“I urge anyone with information about the cultivation or supply of illegal drugs in our community to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” he said.

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