Ballarat drug bust accused to have forensic procedure

A GLEN WAVERLY woman charged over one of last year's biggest drug busts in the Ballarat region has been ordered to undergo a compulsory "intimate" forensic procedure.

Sih-Yu Wu, 32, who is in Australia on a student visa, appeared briefly in Ballarat Magistrates Court this afternoon where she faced a string of charges stemming from the bust on September 3 last year.

Previous court appearances heard police discovered an elaborate hydroponic cannabis set-up at an Alfredton home, consisting of almost 200 mature plants.

A lawyer for Wu, who is on bail, said the police application for the procedure was not opposed because it may in fact help his client's case. 

"We understand that it (the forensic procedure) is required to facilitate the investigation," her lawyer said. 

The lawyer added Wu maintained she had nothing to do with the drugs. 

Wu's charges include cultivating a commercial quantity of cannabis, trafficking a commercial quantity of cannabis, possessing a commercial quantity of cannabis and stealing electricity. 

Police allege Wu met a man - wanted by police over the drug set-up - while working as an illegal sex worker at a Melbourne brothel. 

The documents allege Wu was working for the man and that Wu had never been registered as a legal sex worker. 

Granting the application this afternoon, magistrate Cynthia Toose said it was "in the interests of justice" that the procedure be done. 

Wu will re-appear in Ballarat Magistrates Court on March 19 for a committal hearing.

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