Brisbane Pair Accused Of Sophisticated Drug Ring
A man and a woman accused of running a sophisticated cannabis business out of three Brisbane properties have appeared in court.
An Luong Gia and Vy Hoang Bui fronted the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday following raids on the houses and their residences on Friday.
Police allege they were in possession of $1.4 million worth of cannabis and $30,000 worth of drug production equipment, including irrigation materials, fans, carbon filters and lights.
They are also accused of stealing electricity from Energex and connecting it up to the three homes at Moorooka, Upper Mount Gravatt and Annerley.
The court heard Luong Gia, a Vietnamese national, was in Australia on a carer's visa.
She applied to be released on bail so she could visit her elderly grandmother, who is in a nursing home.
But Magistrate Judith Daley refused, even though she had no criminal history.
"This is quite a sophisticated arrangement covering three houses, where electricity was stolen and marijuana has been grown there," she said.
Ms Daley said there was an unacceptable risk Luong Gia could be deported back to Vietnam or disappear into the Australian community.
Bui did not apply for bail.
Luong Gia and Bui are each facing 16 charges including producing, possessing and supplying dangerous drugs, taking electricity and receiving property obtained from trafficking.
They were allegedly in possession of an undisclosed amount of cash.
Luong Gia and Bui were remanded in custody and their matters will return to court on July 2.