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Hidden Macgregor grow house busted.

By johnboy - 9 August 2011 29

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ACT Policing uncovered a sophisticated “grow house” while executing a search warrant at a house in Macgregor yesterday afternoon (Monday, 8 August).

Detectives from Criminal Investigations drug team executed the search warrant at the house in Macfarlane Burnett Avenue and discovered an elaborate cannabis nursery under the house.

Detective Sergeant Bob Wynn said the backgrounds of the detectives played a large role in uncovering the sophisticated set up.

“Originally the team thought the cupboard backed onto a built in wardrobe,” Detective Sergeant Wynn said. “However, upon closer inspection two team members who had backgrounds in construction realised this could not be the case and removed the cupboard.”

To access the nursery police had to dismantle a cupboard and found a trap door with a ladder leading to the underground set up.

The electrical system of the house had been highly modified, with the meter box bypassed and a large number of transformers installed to power the growing lamps and fans inside the premises.

The house was also equipped with a customised irrigation system.

No people were found inside the house however, police have seized a number of items as evidence and investigations are ongoing.

grow house

grow house

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Hidden Macgregor grow house busted.
trickyxr 10:59 am 10 Aug 11

So was the house constructed with a subfloor (Cellar) that was only accessable by the hidden trap door? If that is the case the house was constructed for the purpose of growing Other wise you would have a normal access door to the subfloor (cellar).

Me no fry 10:23 am 10 Aug 11

Erg0 said :

Spoono said :

I heard the house was rented to a Mr Heisenberg..

He sounds like a man of uncertain principles.

No, it’s definitely rented to Mr Heisenberg. It was rented to a Mr Schrodinger, but he had to move out as the landlord thought he was keeping a cat in the house somewhere.

Erg0 10:17 am 10 Aug 11

Spoono said :

I heard the house was rented to a Mr Heisenberg..

He sounds like a man of uncertain principles.

p1 10:15 am 10 Aug 11

Spoono said :

I heard the house was rented to a Mr Heisenberg..

Are you certain?

Spoono 9:41 am 10 Aug 11

I heard the house was rented to a Mr Heisenberg..

Tooks 9:35 am 10 Aug 11

Wow dvaey, such ignorance and rampant stupidity in one post. Impressive.

fgzk 9:22 am 10 Aug 11

Davey what you are alleging is that there is a network of adults selling ICE to teenagers. Frots would have us believe that they are lying to claim mitigating circumstances. Why would anyone follow this up? Police media still haven’t mentioned ICE. Do you have inside information or an eyewitness account? How reliable is your allegation? Not saying you are wrong, just interested in the source.

Nobody…. If you want grow room schematics try google. That is if you can be bothered. Just don’t do the bypass thing. It appears in a lot police media releases.

dvaey 8:49 am 10 Aug 11

Well, this might stop one person smoking it. Actually, no, itll probably just mean that dealers can artificially inflate prices claiming theyre affected by the bust. The only real outcome on the big picture, is that a bit more money will be made by those whos market and profits only exist because society is stuck in the 20s “reefer” mentality.

Meanwhile, while the police are focusing on a bit of weed, whos users generally occupy the couch and the xbox, the manufacturers and distributors who supplied the ice used by the 2 braddon murderers, are happily sitting back selling their wares, in the knowledge that a) a user of his stuff killed 2 people, and b) theres far more attention focused on big weed busts with photos of underground rooms than a junkie with a stove and a bag of white powder.

The only good thing to this story, is that someone whos put that much money into a grow operation like that, is probably involved in organised crime. The laws create such an easy way for organised criminals to make their profits with very little risk.

DrKennethNoisewater 8:43 am 10 Aug 11

Every house in new Macgregor has one of these. It comes as a standard feature with every Village Building Company home.

nobody 8:21 pm 09 Aug 11

Just out of curiosity, are there any detailed plans, schematics, irrigation drawings, lighting information, and fertiliser regimes, to go with these photos?

I-filed 7:32 pm 09 Aug 11

That looks like a marrow next to the ceiling …

Ben_Dover 6:24 pm 09 Aug 11

00davist said :

I imagine this one could potentially be up for sale soon!

I wonder how the real-estate agents will spin it.

Potential for (magic) mushroom farming.

00davist 5:27 pm 09 Aug 11

p1 said :

Very nice. I always wanted a house with hidden passages and secret rooms when I was a kid.

I imagine this one could potentially be up for sale soon!

I wonder how the real-estate agents will spin it.

“Great Potential as a mixed Home/Business premises”
“Plenty of secure, underground storage”
“In-Floor Heating AND under floor irrigation”

Or if you assume this guy had a few direct pot-head clients, who may have missed the bulletin, and still think this grow-shop is open for business:

“Meet lots of interesting people!”

I wonder how long this was going on, Last year I lived just nearby on Dagmar Berne, never heard anything about this…

…Then again, if i had, it wouldn’t have been a very good grow house, I don’t think your supposed to get a ‘Neighbours Bulletin’ for this kind of thing!

p1 5:04 pm 09 Aug 11

Very nice. I always wanted a house with hidden passages and secret rooms when I was a kid.

Feng 4:59 pm 09 Aug 11

Hehe, nice. You get that in a highly educated, public servant town.

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