By CHRISTIAN STANGER
CANNABIS plants with a street value of more than $850,000 were seized by Tweed Heads police after raids on two Bilambil Heights homes yesterday.
Police swooped on properties at Lakeview Terrace and Beltana Drive Terrace where they uncovered the illicit drugs which had been cultivated in an elaborate hydroponics set-up.
They were acting on information received during an ongoing investigation by the Tweed Heads Target Action Group (TAG).
They seized 92 mature cannabis plants at a house on Lakeview Terrace and a further 85 plants at the Beltana Road address. The hydroponics set ups were intricately put together spanning two large rooms of the Lakeview Terrace house including the two-car garage.
Each plant was in a pot on top of a milk crate with a watering hose leading to it. Lights were set up above the plants and strings suspended from the lights were used to hold the plants upright.
"It just goes to show what lengths and what trouble these people will go to," Inspector Owen King said at the scene.
A 64-year-old man and a 34-year-old man were arrested and will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on November 7 charged with the cultivation of cannabis.
Inspector Greg Carey said Tweed Heads police considered the bust significant.
"This is quite a large seizure and the police are very happy with the quality of the information we have received from our sources."