200-plus marijuana plants found after Elliott Heads fire
MORE than 200 marijuana plants in various sizes have been uncovered by Bargara police after emergency services initially responded to a shed fire at Elliott Heads.
About 8.40am Sunday a shed in the backyard of a Brieschke St home was extensively damaged by fire.
District crime prevention coordinator Senior Constable Danielle Loftus said Bargara police were contacted by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
"Police located a number of cannabis plants and also an unsecure firearm," she said.
"It's alleged that there were more than 100 cannabis plants, which have been seized by police."
Bargara police officer-in-charge Matt Steinhardt said police would allege 221 plants in various sizes, from seedlings to 95cm tall, were found inside a section of the shed.
He said part of the shed was damaged by the fire and there was some smoke damage but a portion of the alleged hydroponic set-up remained undamaged.
Police spent today collecting evidence from the shed.
A 56-year-old Elliott Heads man is helping police with their enquires but no charges have been laid.
EARLIER: A FIRE in an Elliot Heads backyard shed alerted police to the existence of a hydroponic setup yesterday.
Around 8.40am, a shed in the backyard of a Brieschke Street home was extensively damaged by fire.
Upon arrival, Bargara police discovered around half of the ten by five metre shed appeared to have been used for the production of cannabis.
A man was transported to Bundaberg Base Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. It is believed he was trying to remove a number of cannabis plants which had been growing in pots in the shed.
A crime scene was declared and was guarded by police overnight as firefighters advised that the structure was too hot for officers to enter.
A 56-year-old Elliot Heads man will assist police with their enquiries into this matter upon his discharge from hospital which is expected later today.
Preliminary investigations suggest the cause of the fire may have been an electrical fault.
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