A CANNING Vale house is the latest Perth property to allegedly be transformed into a large-scale indoor cannabis farm, with police finding more than 150 plants during a raid.
An organised crime task force has been created to target cannabis cultivation syndicates with about 100 so-called grow houses raided by police since January.
Four people were arrested during yesterday’s raid with a search of the McInnes Way house allegedly uncovering 10 rooms which had been converted specifically to grow hydroponic cannabis.
The house, understood to be a private rental, is believed to have been significantly damaged to accommodate the cannabis farm with holes carved in walls for irrigation and ventilation pipes.
Detectives moved in just after 9am yesterday and spent most of the day dismantling the operation with the help of Western Power workers who were called in to help disconnect the electricity.
Two men and two women were arrested and taken away by police but no charges have been laid.
Neighbours say they did not think anyone had been living at the house for more than a year.
They claim there was rarely a car in the driveway or a light on at night and that the blinds were always drawn. The house is in an estate and sits opposite a park and children’s playground.
Authorities warned earlier this year that dozens of landlords had been left with repair bills of tens of thousands of dollars after South-East Asian criminals using fake identities rented their homes across Perth and converted them for drug cultivation.