Six-figure sum in Cobram cannabis raid

By Lachlan Durling

More than $1 million worth of dried cannabis and cannabis plants was seized by police after a dramatic arrest in Cobram last week.

Cobram and Wangaratta police executed a warrant at an address in Boorin St about 11.50 pm on August 18, where a St Albans man, 34, and a Cobram man, 43, were arrested after allegedly attempting to flee.

Officers seized about 180 cannabis plants at various stages of maturity and more than 50 kg of dried cannabis.

An electricity bypass was also discovered at the address. Picture: Rodney Braithwaite

The St Albans man was flown to a Melbourne hospital after he attempted to jump from one house roof to another and fell, cutting his foot after landing on a fence.

The Cobram man was arrested after he was found hiding in the backyard.

Last Wednesday, Cobram Criminal Investigation Unit Detective Sergeant Marcus Boyd said it was a significant find.

“Officers from Cobram and Wangaratta located a large-scale hydroponic operation in the house — a significant seizure and probably the largest I’ve seen in my 16 years at Cobram CIU,” he said.

“An illegal electricity bypass was also uncovered and so Energy Australia attended to make the scene safe.

A St Albans man, 34, was airlifted to Melbourne after falling from a roof onto a fence while allegedly trying to elude police. Picture: Rodney Braithwaite

“While it’s too early to determine a specific dollar value (of cannabis) it would be a six-figure sum.”

On Tuesday, August 25, Senior Sergeant Darren McGrillen confirmed the cannabis seized had a street value of in excess of $1 million.

The Cobram man was charged with cannabis possession, cultivate and traffic a commercial quantity of cannabis.

He appeared at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday and did not apply for bail.

Both men were remanded and will appear in Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on November 19 on charges of cultivate and traffic a commercial quantity of cannabis.

More than 50kg of dried cannabis was also seized from the Cobram address. Picture: Rodney Braithwaite

“We have been working on this address for about six weeks ... It was a very pleasing result,” Det Sgt Boyd said.

``And it’s a reminder that if anyone in the community does have information to call Cobram CIU or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”