'Dangerous' find in elaborate Wodonga drug rig

POLICE are hunting the owner of two guns — one a high-powered revolver — found in a raid that uncovered an “elaborate” hydroponic set-up in Wodonga.

Wodonga police Detective Acting Sgt Raymond Causer said a shortened shotgun, which had its barrel and stock cut off, and a high-powered .45 revolver were found in a home in a quiet street in Wodonga’s south on Wednesday morning.

Police have not released the street name.

Hidden underneath the home was plastic sheeting, light globes, eight electrical transformers and chemicals used to grow cannabis.

“The set-up was elaborate and capable of producing a substantial amount of cannabis,” Sgt Causer said.

“That cannabis could have been sold on and the devastating ripple effect of using drugs would continue.”

A quantity of amphetamine, also known as speed, was found in the house as well as ammunition and weapons, including a bayonet.

Sgt Causer said no one was home and investigations were continuing into the whereabouts of the residents.

He asked anyone who had information or who had lost similar firearms, to contact police.

Sgt Causer said it was concerning guns were in the house, particularly given the power of the revolver, which was capable of cracking a car engine.

“If someone is willing to produce drugs in a residential street and have the associated firearms readily available in the house, if that person is so inclined they can discharge them in a populace area,” he said.

“It’s dangerous and concerning.”

Sgt Causer said police were yet to establish whether the find was isolated or part of a larger, on-going enterprise.

Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it online via crimestoppers.com.au

Information can be given anonymously.

He also encouraged anyone with information on the manufacturing, use and possession of drugs in the area to assist with investigations by phoning Crime Stoppers.

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