Significant cannabis seizure, Whitsunday

Police attending a fire at a property in Strathdickie last week have stumbled on three cannabis crops estimated to be worth more than a million dollars.

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Officers from Proserpine and Whitsunday stations were called by fire crews to a blaze that had broken containment lines on Laurina Drive at around 2.40pm on October 5.

A subsequent search of a neighbouring property uncovered the three large separate crops which included more than 270 mature plants between 1.6 and 1.8 metres tall.

Police also located a further 2.5 kilograms of cannabis stashed at various locations on the property.

A 44-year-old Strathdickie man was arrested at the scene and charged with producing a dangerous drug, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of anything used I the commission of a crime and possession of utensils.

He was remanded in custody and to appear in the Proserpine Magistrates Court on October 8.