Two people arrested after 200 cannabis plants found in a 60m-long chook shed

TWO people are in custody after more than 200 cannabis plants were found in a chook shed at Warrion north of Colac.

Colac police detectives and uniform officers raided the Warrion property at 4.50pm on Tuesday.

They located more than 200 cannabis plants in the 60-metre long chook shed with a potential street value well in excess of $200,000.

The plants have been seized and the two people were arrested, interviewed, charged and remanded in custody to appear in a Geelong court on Wednesday.

Detective Senior Constable Chris Potter, of the Colac police crime investigation unit, said it was a well established hydroponic cannabis growing operation.

He said the exact number of plants were still to be counted but the total number was expected to be close to 300.

The detective said the plants ranged in size from near mature to juvenile plants.

A 37-year-old man from West Footscray and a woman aged in her 20s from suburban Melbourne have been both charged with one count of commercial cultivation of cannabis. 

Police expected to also charge the pair with trafficking a commercial quantity of cannabis and associated offences.

“We care very grateful for information received from the public which led to this successful operation,.” Detective Senior Constable Potter said.

“It’s the biggest hydroponic set-up I’ve seen,” the veteran detective said.