Drug pro­duc­tion dealt with in Mag­is­trates Court

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AN UN­SUC­CESS­FUL ef­fort to grow cannabis landed Aaron John Kite in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day, where he re­ceived a $1000 fine.

Kite pleaded guilty to charges of pro­duc­ing dan­ger­ous drugs, pos­sess­ing in­struc­tions for pro­duc­ing dan­ger­ous drugs and pos­sess­ing prop­erty sus­pected of hav­ing been used in con­nec­tion with the com­mis­sion of a drug of­fence.

On Septem­ber 25 at 4.15pm, Whit­sun­day po­lice at­tended Kite’s Air­lie Beach ad­dress with a war­rant. On search­ing the premises they found a man­ual giv­ing de­tailed in­struc­tions on mar­i­juana pro­duc­tion, along with eight loose pages and an A4 notepad sheet of fur­ther hor­ti­cul­tural in­for­ma­tion, re­lat­ing to cannabis pro­duc­tion.

In ad­di­tion to this, a num­ber of items as­so­ci­ated with the pro­duc­tion of cannabis were found. Po­lice prose­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells listed items such as lamps, globes, fer­tilis­ers, timers and power-boards.

Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade said the 29-year-old ad­mit­ted try­ing his hand at mar­i­juana pro­duc­tion but only grew three plants, which he dis­posed of on re­al­is­ing they were not a suc­cess. She said there was never any in­ten­tion to sell the mar­i­juana and pointed out that there were no ac­tual plants or even seeds found.

Ms Meade said Kite was given the equip­ment by a friend and he in­tended to get rid of it be­fore the war­rant was ex­e­cuted.

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