Likely guilty plea for cultivating cannabis in Miners Rest home

A Vietnamese man has indicated he will likely plead guilty to cultivating more than 250 plants at a Miners Rest property last November.

Duy Cao appeared in the Ballarat Magistrates' Court via videolink on Thursday afternoon where his lawyer indicated the accused would plead guilty to cultivating the commercial quantity of cannabis plants and theft of electricity.

But the matter could not proceed because the Vietnamese interpreter booked for the matter was not in court.

Magistrate Gregory Robinson adjourned the matter for further committal mention at Melbourne where an interpreter will be available.

It is expected the accused, who cannot speak English, will enter a plea and his case will be committed to be heard in the County Court later this year.

It is alleged the cannabis was found during a search of an address in Howe Street, Miners Rest on November 1.

Cao and a female co-accused were arrested shortly after they were seen running from the house as police entered.

The 250 mature cannabis plants and a hydroponic system are alleged to have been found over seven rooms in the house.

The matter will be heard later this month at Melbourne.