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Cannabis seized: police target users, growers and dealers

Cobram police charge Cobram man after cannabis plants are seized in a wider drug operation.

TONI BRIENT April 2, 2014 4:11am

Green gone: Cobram police seized two 2m cannabis plants on Friday as part of a campaign targeting drug users.

Cobram police seized two 2m cannabis plants on Friday as part of a public campaign targeting cannabis growers, distributors and users.

Cobram police Senior Constable Leigh Jeffs said the Gorton St man, 59, was charged with cultivating, using and possessing cannabis plants.

He was released on bail to appear at Cobram Magistrates’ Court, Snr Const Jeffs said.

The seizure is part of a campaign launched last month by Cobram police, which encourages the public to contact police with information that could assist in identifying drug dealers and users.

Cobram police Sergeant Ted Graham said the operation, which targeted cannabis growers but covered a range of illegal drugs, was the first of its kind in the area.

He said Friday’s seizure was partially a result of tip-offs from members of the public.

‘‘Whatever information people think might be relevant to us, they can call Crime Stoppers or call us,’’ Sgt Graham said.

‘‘They should call us if they happen to see a plant that they think looks unusual or doesn’t look appropriate.’’

Police also want to hear from people who see suspicious activity believed to relate to drug deals or use.

People are encouraged to report suspicious, concealed areas in gardens, especially areas covered with shade cloth.

Cannabis growers often fenced-off garden areas and blacked out windows on sheds, police said.

‘‘Any information that relates to illegal drug activity, we would definitely be interested in,’’ Sgt Graham said.

While he said he didn’t want to create panic about the level of drug use in Cobram, he said the operation was necessary.‘‘It’s starting to become a concern, and we are doing our best to try and address the issue,’’ Sgt Graham said.

‘‘A lot of incidents that we attend do have an element of drugs and/or alcohol.

‘‘We’re just trying to do our best to try and stamp out that behaviour.

‘‘That’s where that information from the public can come in handy.’’

Sgt Graham said people with information could contact police anonymously with information.

He said information given to police often related to people who were already suspected to have committed drugs offences.

‘‘Any information that they might initially dismiss could be that piece of information we’re looking for,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s why we encourage people to contact us.’’

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