Milkman fined for growing dope in makeshift greenhouse
A MILK delivery driver, who was caught growing cannabis, said he used the drug to relax after work, rather than have a beer.
The 29-year-old man was caught with about 4kg of cannabis plants which had been growing in a makeshift greenhouse at his Peak Crossing property on November 24, last year. A set of digital scales, a cannabis grinder and a rifle were also found at the man's address.
At Ipswich Magistrates Court last week, the grower Brendan Wayne Laws pleaded guilty to producing and possessing the illegal drug.
Defence lawyer Erin Dwan said Laws had been smoking cannabis since he was about 13 years old.
"For him it was a way to relax instead of having a beer after work," she said. "The plants he was growing were strictly for his personal use."
Ms Dwan said the arrest had been a "much-needed wake-up call" for Laws and that her client had taken steps to address his drug habit.
She said Laws, a father of three, had no prior criminal history and was now drug-free.
Magistrate Debora Vasta noted that Laws' employer had kept him on as a milk delivery driver, in spite of his drug charges.
"For your boss to want to keep you on, speaks volumes about your character," she told Laws.
"You've obviously proved to your employer that you are honest, reliable and trustworthy."
Laws was fined $200 for the offence.
No convictions were recorded.