Mildura Weekly : Friday April 1 Vol 10 No 21
Distributed FREE every Friday FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016 WWW.MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU VOL 10 #21 ENDS Thursday 5pm See page 41 for full details with Terms & Conditions Mildura Toyota Four arrested as police raid Mallee ‘grow houses’ BUSTED! POLICE have arrested four people and seized “a signifi- cant cannabis crop” in drug raids at Ouyen and Tempy. Police seized hundreds of canna- bis plants – estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars – and equipment as part of the op- eration, which targeted suspected ‘grow houses’ in both towns. Search warrants were execut- ed at two properties on Tuesday, March 22, following a protracted investigation, according to Mildura police Senior Sergeant Bill Panag- iotaros. Four people were arrested fol- lowing the raid, with two people – a woman and a 39-year-old man – remanded in custody. The pair are also facing inves- tigations into their Australian resi- dency status. Mildura police Inspector John Nolan said it had taken officers three days to dismantle infrastruc- ture at both sites, with more than 200 exhibits including cannabis plants, “sophisticated” cannabis crop house growing instruments and three cars also seized. “Victoria Police has long ex- pressed concerns about the up- surge in ‘grow houses’,” he said. “In many cases, this type of en- terprise has proven to be funded and co-ordinated by organised crime groups. “Additionally, there are dangers for property owners as grow hous- es regularly burn to the ground due to unauthorised manipulation of the electrical supply. “Groups involved in grow houses appear to be targeting re- mote rural locations due to the abundance of cheap housing stock – a side-effect of population shrinkage. “In these environments, rental validation processes are more re- laxed because prospective buyers and renters are few and far be- tween. “In the case of Ouyen and Tempy, there appears to have been an assumption that the occupants were itinerant farmhands. “However, given the significant import of building materials to the sites, it was strange that no-one sounded an alarm with their local police. “People in rural communities know their town and are naturally inquisitive. They are in a prime po- sition to identify suspect behaviour and should feel comfortable shar- ing their concerns with local police. “We would also encourage real estate agents and private landlords to speak to their local police if they encounter ‘a not-quite-right cus- tomer.’” Run-away success! THIS month’s Mildura Falcon GT Run is now one of the largest events of its type in Australia, regularly attracting well over 100 pristine examples of the iconic Ford muscle car from across the nation. And, no-one is more proud than Mildura Falcon GT Run founder and organiser Frank Romeo, pictured here with his example of a tough XYGT. For more on this amazing event see Page 2. Photo: PAUL MENSCH milduracentral.com.au Date 4th – 8th April Time 10am – 12pm Register at Muffin Break today!
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