Cannabis seized during search warrants

Police seize plants from a Cottam Road property at Batlow.

A man has been charged following the execution of two search warrants in the Snowy Valleys area.

Officers from Riverina Police District, including officers from Tumut, Rural Crime, Riverina Target Action Group and Region Enforcement Squad units as well as the Dog Squad combined to execute two search warrants in the Snowy Valleys Cluster on Tuesday morning.

A rural property in Batlow was searched first allegedly uncovering a cannabis crop and numerous prohibited articles including fireworks / explosives. The items were removed from Crown land and an adjoining private property on Cottams Road.

A second search warrant was then executed on Tumblong Road, Grahamstown, where officers allegedly located cannabis plants and an amount of dried and packaged cannabis leaf.

A 52-year-old man from Grahamstown was spoken to by police and issued with Field Court Attendance Notices for the following offences:

• Three counts of cultivate prohibited plants (greater than a small, but less than an indictable quantity)

• Handle explosive/precursor without authorisation

• Possess prohibited drug/plants

He will appear at Tumut Local Court on Monday, April 8.

The seized cannabis plants have been destroyed.

Insp Radford said the Snowy Valleys police strongly supported by the Riverina Policing District’s resources, we’re pleased with the result.

“We are always keen to act on information from our community so we encourage anyone who may have information that could lead to an arrest to call us,” said Insp Radford. “Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if you are aware of any suspicious drug related activities in our communities. Your information will be treated with the strictest confidence.”