Drug production dealt with in Magistrates Court
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.