26 May 2022

Woman charged after three metre python found in Melba home

| Kim Treasure
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Jungle jag python

A jungle jag python, similar to the one found in Melba. Photo: Australian Reptile Park.

A 50-year-old Melba woman will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (26 May 2022) charged with drug and weapon offences, as well as keeping a non-exempt animal.

On Wednesday, 25 May 2022, ACT Policing Proactive Intervention & Diversion Team officers conducted a search warrant at a home in Melba.

There they allegedly located substances suspected to be methylamphetamine and cannabis, a hydroponic growing system, a home-made conducted energy weapon, cash suspected to be the proceeds of crime, and a three-metre-long jungle jag python.

The property items were seized by police. ACT Parks and Conservation Service Licensing and Compliance members attended and confirmed no appropriate licence was held to keep the snake and removed it from the home.

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The 50-year-old woman was arrested and has been charged with possession of a drug of dependence for sale or supply, possession of a prohibited weapon, keeping a non-exempt animal and breach of good behaviour obligations.

Police intend to lay further charges in relation to the hydroponic equipment and possession of cannabis.

The woman is scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates court today.

Anyone with information about the sale and supply of illicit drugs should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

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