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Police find underground cannabis bunker in Cairns

Police have uncovered an underground bunker containing a cannabis crop in a quiet street in Cairns.

It was a tip-off from Crime Stoppers that led police to the scene that wouldn’t be out of place in a Hollywood blockbuster.

Officers searching a shed on the property at Mooroombool found a tool box that, when opened, revealed a false bottom hiding three steps that led down to an underground cavern.

The toolbox was not all it appeared. (Queensland Police)

Three steps led down to the underground bunker. (Queensland Police)

The hand-dug hideaway, appeared to be held up only by acrow props, contained a hydroponic cannabis lab with seven plants.

A 46-year-old man is due to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court next week on three charges.

The hand-dug hideaway contained seven cannabis plants. (Queensland Police)

It's the second major bust of its kind in Queensland this week.

On Monday, a Vietnamese national was been charged by Queensland Police over more than $1 million worth of cannabis found during a routine traffic stop.

Officers from the Ipswich Tactical Crime Squad were carrying out patrols in Minden, 64km west of Brisbane, when they pulled over a Hyundai iLoad on the Warrego Highway about 7pm.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the alleged discovery of more than 250 kilograms of cannabis with an estimated street value of $1.5 million.

"It was a very large find for us, it was quite significant,” Queensland Police’s Glenn Fleming told 9news.

“There was a smell of cannabis emanating from the vehicle and as a result of that, police had cause to search the vehicle.”

The driver, Cuong Van Phan, was arrested and charged with dangerous drug possession and appeared at Ipswich Magistrate’s Court today.

The 27-year-old did not apply for bail and remains behind bars.

[source: / published: March 14. 2019]


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