An eight-year-old boy has been found by police locked in a shed for weeks on end at a drug property in rural Australia.
The boy told police he was banished to a room within a shed on the Elands property in New South Wales during the school holidays for being naughty. He stayed there throughout September and October holidays which last three weeks, only being allowed outside to do chores, 7 News reports.
Police found him while carrying out a drug raid at the property, where they also found a "sophisticated hydroponic set-up" containing 225 marijuana plants.
According to the Newcastle Herald, police uncovered the den two hours into the raid when a switch was flicked. A blue deck then rolled away to reveal a trap door into the metal shed.
They found $500,000 worth of cannabis inside three shipping containers containing hydroponic lights.
Another three children aged between 12 months and nine-years-old were found during the raid. They have since been taken to the Department of Family and Community Services, according to 7 News.
A 29-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were each charged with cultivating a large commercial quantity of prohibited plant and detaining a person with the intent for financial advantage.
A 19-year-old man was also charged on the same charge. All three offenders have been refused bail.