Cannabis seeds imported

A BANGALEE man who yesterday pleaded guilty to importing cannabis seeds from Britain was fined $900 in Rockhampton Magistrates Court.

Troy Birchall, 27, formerly of Stanthorpe, did not receive a conviction as he had no drug history.

The court heard Birchall had purchased the seeds from a person over the Internet.

Australian Federal Police had attended Brisbane's Customs mail office on September 1, 2004, where their attention was drawn to a padded mail bag.

Inside they found three clip seal bags containing 45 cannabis seeds.

Birchall had admitted to importing the seeds.

His solicitor, Doug Winning, said it had been Birchall's intention to grow them for personal use and he had never intended to use them for commercial activity.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy was satisfied Birchall was not part of the illegal drug industry.

She said while the offence was quite serious the quantity of seeds was not high.

The court heard the offence of importing narcotic goods could attract fines of up to $100,000 or five years' jail.

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