Two charged after police find hydroponics set-up during search of home

Clarkson Detectives’ Senior Sergeant Gary Saunders said police attended a house on Seattle Elbow on October 9 to arrest two suspects for an aggravated armed robbery.

Sgt Saunders said the robbery had occurred in the carpark at the Drovers shopping centre on August 14, where three men allegedly robbed two people who were selling hi-fi equipment from a van.

‘When attending the house and arresting the two suspects, police found a large commercial hydroponics set-up growing cannabis,’ he said.

‘They also found a significant quantity of methamphetamine and a significant quantity of cannabis leaf material, and a quantity of cash of about $6000.’

Sgt Saunders said police allegedly found the power meter had been bypassed at the house so its occupants did not have to pay for electricity.

‘Western Power was called to reinstate the power and make the scene safe for police to search,’ he said.

A 27-year-old man was charged with aggravated armed robbery, possessing cannabis with intent to sell or supply, possessing methamphetamine with intent to sell or supply, cultivating cannabis with intent to sell or supply, possession of an unlicensed firearm and of drug paraphernalia.

Sgt Saunders said police also charged him with possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property, and with escaping custody because he allegedly tried to escape police after his arrest.

‘The other male occupant (23) was just charged with aggravated armed robbery,’ the detective said.

‘They went to court the next day, where the court bailed them.

‘They are next to appear in Joondalup Magistrates Court on November 1.’

Detectives had already charged a 26-year-old man on August 14 with aggravated armed robbery.