Police have found an eight-year-old boy imprisoned in a tiny room in a locked shed after raiding an alleged drug den.
It was while raiding the NSW property that police made the shocking discovery. Police say that several hours into their raid as they began to wonder whether the information it was a drug set up was wrong, an officer flicked a switch and startled police watched wide-eyed as the outdoor deck rolled away, revealing a trap door.
Down a set of steel stairs was an elaborate drug den unlike any other they had come across – three shipping containers buried into the ground, concealed by the deck and spa and only opened by the hydraulic system.
Inside the underground cavern, on the property at Elands, north west of Taree was 222 hydroponic cannabis plants.
Police then made a further shocking discovery – a locked shed on the property containing a tiny room at the back and its occupant – an eight-year-old boy.
The Newcastle Herald reports that the boy was found in a two square metre room at the back of the uninsulated tin shed, the door was locked from the outside and he lived with only a single mattress and a bucket inside to use when he needed to go to toilet.
It is alleged that for weeks at a time the young boy lived in the cramped room only being allowed out for chores.