Weeding out crime

THE occupant of a house on Main North Road is set to be questioned after police seized three cannabis plants from the driveway of the Evanston Park property on Tuesday evening.

Police are yet to speak to anyone in relation to the seizure, as the occupant of the property, located across the road from the Gawler Homemaker Centre, near Potts Road, wasn’t home at the time of the raid.

Gawler police officers uprooted and seized three “decent-sized” cannabis plants from the driveway of the home, according to Barossa police Chief Inspector Alby Quinn.

Chief Inspector Quinn said police will make follow-up enquiries into the plants, and urged locals to stay vigilant about the presence of drugs in the community.

“I suppose the concern for me is that neighbours in the area hadn’t reported this, prior to (the investigation), or weren’t aware of it,” he said.

“I’d just encourage people to consider if they do see suspicious activity, in relation to suspicious plants being grown in people’s gardens, or suspicious activity with cars coming and going, that they should contact Crime Stoppers and let them know, ‘we’re a bit suspicious about some activities that are occurring at this house’.

“Whether they think (there are) plants being grown, or drugs being produced, or people drug-dealing (they should report it) because, without that information, it’s very difficult for us to actually investigate incidents such as this.”

Locals can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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