A group of new police officers have helped to uncover a hidden drug lab during a series of search warrants carried out across Cairns last week.

During the three-day operation, officers executed search warrants on properties across Gordonvale and Edmonton where twelve people were taken into custody in relation to drug offences.

Approximately 54 cannabis plants and a further amount of cannabis were seized from the elaborate bunker hidden behind a false wall.

A 46-year-old man has been charged with producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing property used in connection of a crime and other drug offences following the discovery of the set up at a Gordonvale property.

He is expected to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on December 16.

Eleven others have been issued with a Notice to Appear on 32 charges including producing dangerous drugs, supplying dangerous drugs and possessing dangerous drug equipment.

Investigations continue with further charges likely.