Police have charged a man after uncovering a hydroponic cannabis set-up and multiple personal identification documents in Penrith.
Just after 8pm yesterday, officers from Penrith Region Enforcement Squad (RES), with assistance from North West Metropolitan Operations Support Group (OSG), executed a crime scene warrant at a home at Sunshine Avenue, Penrith.
Upon entry, a 40-year-old man allegedly attempted to run from police before being arrested.
During the search of the home, police located a sophisticated hydroponic cannabis set-up and seized 122 cannabis plants, with an estimated potential street value of $610,000.
Officers also seized equipment consistent with the cultivation and supply of cannabis.
In a subsequent search of a blue Toyota Camry at the property, Penrith RES investigators located and seized a folder containing a large quantity of personal identification documents, including NSW and interstate drivers’ licences.
The man was taken to Penrith Police Station and charged with ‘cultivate prohibited plant (commercial quantity)’, ‘use/consume/waste etc electricity without authority’ and ‘possess identity info to commit indictable offence’.
He was refused bail to appear at Penrith Local Court today.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.