26th Nov 2019 1:31 PM
AN INGLEWOOD man has been charged with producing dangerous drugs following police raids across the Darling Downs and Granite Belt last week.
Police allege the 65-year-old man used a farm, west of Inglewood, to grow 60 cannabis plants.
Sergeant Greg Finucane said the plants seized by police ranged from seedlings to mature bushes.
"It was a backyard job," he said.
The man was charged with producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs and possessing drug utensils.
He will appear in the Inglewood Magistrates Court on January 16.
Alcohol ranked Australia's most harmful drug:
Alcohol inflicts the most overall harm to Australians, according to a national study that found it even surpasses the drugs ice and heroin.
The Australian Drug Harms Ranking Study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, involved 25 drug-harm experts, including frontline emergency service workers, police and doctors, who ranked the drugs on a score of zero to 100 based on the damage they caused to users.
Alcohol was rated a 77 out of 100, followed by crystal meth with 66, heroin with 58 and fentanyls with 51.
The arrest was part of region-wide operation targeting illegal drugs.
Between November 21-22, police from Texas, Yelarbon, Inglewood and Stanthorpe CIB executed a number of search warrants.
They found small quantities of amphetamines and cannabis.
As a result, five people, including the 65-year-old, will appear in the Inglewood Magistrates Court charged with drug offences.
Another person was dealt with in accordance with drug diversion provisions.