Drug plot: Man made no effort to hide 70 cannabis plants
A MAN who made "no real effort" to hide almost 50kg worth of cannabis plants he grew in plots on his property, appeared in Ipswich District Court last week.
Albert Jefferson Hadfield, 58, was found with 70 cannabis plants growing in five separate plots on his 30 acre property at Tara in February - crops he told police he intended to package and sell.
Crown prosecutor Matt Le Grand said the plants, which were "mature in appearance" with the roots removed weighed between 45 and 50kg. He said the plants were surrounded by gardening equipment, fertiliser and pesticides.
"He made admissions (he was going to) sell a pound for between $2000 and $4000," Mr Le Grand said.
"Certainty the plants were intended for commerciality."
Mr Le Grand said "it was a semi-sophisticated cannabis operation and the plants were flourishing".
"An aggravating feature is he intended to use it for sale and package into pound lots," he said.
The court heard he made statements against his own self interest during the search and told police he intended to sell the drugs.
Hadfield pleaded guilty to one count of producing dangerous drugs and was sentenced to a head sentence of 18 months imprisonment.
Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren suspended the sentence for two years after Hadfield served four months.