Police have charged a man after discovering a large hydroponic set-up when attending his Claremont Meadows home for an unrelated incident.
About 8.30am on Saturday, June 6 police attended the address on Sunflower Drive for an unrelated incident.
Whilst at the premises, police received reliable information concerning the premises being used for the cultivation of cannabis plants.
The man was arrested and taken into police custody while a warrant for the premises was granted.
Police returned to the premises and located a sophisticated hydroponic cannabis sativa set-up.
Investigators discovered two rooms containing 139 cannabis sativa plants.
The hydroponic set-up consisted of indoor grow tents, multiple light shades, light globes, ventilation and a multitude of electrical cords.
Police also located a safe which contained $5,500 cash, three large resealable bags containing a total of 344 grams of cannabis, two clear resealable bags containing 127 grams of psilocybin mushroom and 44 grams of cannabis seed.
The man was charged with ‘cultivate prohibited plant commercial quantity’, ‘knowingly deal with proceeds of crime’ and ‘possess prohibited drug’.
He was bail refused and will appear in Penrith Local Court on Friday, August 7.
A graduate of Western Sydney University, Nicola Barton is a news journalist with the Western Weekender, primarily covering crime and politics.