A HOUSE in Morley that was advertised for rent on Gumtree just a month ago is the latest Perth property to be uncovered as an illegal cannabis grow house.
Detectives raided the home on Maritana Street about 9am yesterday and spent much of the day dismantling a hydroponic set-up and confiscating about 90 cannabis plants inside.
It is believed no one was at the property when police moved in, with neighbours saying they were unsure who had been living there recently because cars that came and went often parked in the backyard out of sight.
In the past nine months, police have found more than 50 rental homes across Perth which have been turned into indoor cannabis farms.
Authorities recently warned that dozens of Perth landlords had been left with repair bills of tens of thousands of dollars after South-East Asian criminals using fake identities had rented their homes and converted them for drug cultivation.
An ad posted on Gumtree on April 1 listed the property for rent with an asking price of $420 per week. It is believed it has been recently renovated.
The son of the property’s owners said yesterday they had no idea it was being used to cultivate cannabis. No one has been charged over the latest find.
Consumer Protection Acting Commissioner David Hillyard warned recently that cannabis growers were targeting landlords who advertised privately through sites such as Gumtree, rather than those who used real estate agents and had a strict regime of inspections.
He said $20,000 to $70,000 of damage had been caused to some homes after they were effectively gutted, with the criminals ripping up flooring for water drainage systems, installing lighting in false ceilings, sealing windows and removing interior doors.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at crimestopperswa.com.au