Shellharbour cannabis accused to seek bail

A man accused of growing cannabis worth almost $800,000 will seek bail during a hearing in Wollongong Local Court today.He was expected to appear yesterday, but was delayed at hospital where he was taken by police for a routine procedure.The 66-year-old was believed to have had surgery days before his Shellharbour home was raided by police on Monday and had to return to the hospital for a dressing change yesterday.Officers from Lake Illawarra Command’s drug unit raided the man’s Old Bass Point Rd home after receiving a tip-off. Inside, they allegedly found 152 cannabis plants growing in an elaborate hydroponics set-up and about 1.8kg of cannabis leaf. The drugs have an estimated street value of $785,000.The man was charged with cultivating a commercial quantity of a prohibited plant by enhanced indoor means, using or consuming electricity without authority, and supplying an indictable quantity of cannabis. Police are urging members of the public with information about the manufacture or supply of illicit drugs to contact their nearest police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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