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More than 250 cannabis plants seized at Singleton after months of investigations

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More than 250 cannabis plants have been seized at Singleton after months of investigations. 

Hunter Valley Police District (HVPD) officers have been investigating the alleged cultivation of cannabis in Singleton in recent months and following inquiries executed a search warrant just before 5:30pm yesterday at a Dimmock Street home at Hunterview.

During the search police located an alleged sophisticated hydroponic cannabis set-up, consisting of 258 cannabis plants.

Police remain at the property today where they are processing and dismantling the set-up.

A 28-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Singleton Police Station where he was charged with knowingly take part- cultivate (large commercial quantity cannabis); cultivate prohibited plant; alter or add to electricity installation for metering; and enhanced indoor cultivation plant for commercial purpose.

The Vietnamese National was bail refused to appear at Singleton Local Court today.

Detective Inspector Matthew Zimmer, HVPD Crime Manager said it was quite an elaborate set up. 

"Police then went through the premises and located a number of cannabis plants being grown by hydroponic lights right throughout the premises, we also identified that there was an illegal diversion of power from the grid,"

"A number of alterations had been made to the house to conceal the operation that included the erection and removal of internal walls. This particular house had been modified for the sole purpose of cultivating cannabis on a commercial scale."

"The individuals involved in these operations take part in it for no other purpose other than profit so as a result of that we will be initiating confiscation proceedings against any property that we suspect might be derived from the proceeds of crime," said Detective Inspector Zimmer.

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