Bail refused after $750k hydro cannabis raid
UPDATE, 4pm: TWO Burringbar men arrested this morning over an alleged $750,000 hydroponic cannabis operation have been refused bail.
Liam Munro, 38, and Dennis Butters, 69, will remain behind bars for at least the next two weeks until their next court appearance.
The pair face charges of cultivating, possessing, and supplying an indictable quantity of cannabis, as well as drug possession.
They were represented by solicitor Carl Edwards in Byron Bay Local Court this morning, where an application for bail was refused because the men posed a risk of interfering with witnesses or committing a serious offence while on bail.
The two men were arrested yesterday morning after police raided a Burringbar home where officers allegedly located 188 cannabis plants being grown hydroponically, 2.5kg of cannabis leaf and a small amount of cannabis seed.
Tweed-Byron Police District police had commenced an investigation into an alleged cannabis growing operation at the property last month.
The men will appear before Tweed Heads Local Court on July 16 via video link.
INITIAL: TWO men have been charged after police allegedly located more than $750,000 worth of cannabis plants in a home on the state's North Coast yesterday.
Officers from the Tweed/Byron Police District Target Action Group commenced an investigation into the large-scale cultivation of cannabis plants at a property in Burringbar.
About 9.30am yesterday, officers executed a search warrant at the home where they allegedly located 188 cannabis plants being grown hydroponically, 2.5kg of cannabis leaf and a small amount of cannabis seed.
Two men, aged 38 and 70, were arrested at the property and later charged at Tweed Heads Police Station with cultivate prohibited plant greater than indictable quantity, supply prohibited plant greater than indictable quantity, possess prohibited plant, and supply/possess prohibited drug.
They were both refused bail and will appear in Byron Bay Local Court today.