Cannabis growing suburbs

Police have recorded more than 90 cannabis cultivation offences in Wyndham in almost three years.

The state’s Crime Statistics Agency last week released a list of 77 suburbs and towns where Victoria Police laid 10 or more cannabis cultivation charges between January, 2015, and September last year.

The data included 97 offences related to cannabis cultivation in Wyndham, including 26 offences in Point Cook.

There were 18 cultivation offences recorded in Tarneit, 15 in Truganina, 14 in Wyndham Vale, 13 in Hoppers Crossing and 11 in Williams Landing.

Deer Park topped the state with 38 drug cultivation offences.

A Victoria Police spokesman said cannabis “crop houses” could be found in both suburban and rural areas.

“Police have cannabis disruption operations statewide, not particularly focusing on any one specific area,” he said.

In the middle of last year, detectives from the Altona North Divisional Response Unit charged seven people after a number of warrants were executed in the west, with police seizing a large quantity of cannabis.

The arrests related to an ongoing investigation into the alleged commercial cultivation of cannabis in the western suburbs.

Seven men, including five from Point Cook, were arrested and charged with cultivating a commercial quantity of a drug of dependence.

Another Point Cook man, aged 28, was arrested and charged with cultivation of a large commercial quantity of a drug of dependence.

All of the men were remanded to appear in court at a later date.

A separate operation known as Operation Snagging, which took place from August to October, also targeted the cultivation and trafficking of cannabis.

Investigators executed warrants at 19 residential addresses in the Newport, Point Cook, Tarneit, Hoppers Crossing, Wyndham Vale, Werribee, Seabrook, Braybrook and Altona North areas.

A total of 1530 cannabis plants, 18 electrical bypasses, a shotgun and a quantity of ammunition were allegedly seized.