Grower had 7kg cannabis crop
ABRAHAM Ford was proud of the 7kg worth of cannabis plants growing in his back yard.
He claims the seven plants, which he nurtured and watered, had stopped him from being actively involved in drug dealing.
But it didn’t stop him from breaking the law.
Yesterday the 38-year-old pleaded guilty in Rockhampton’s Supreme Court to two counts of supplying dangerous drugs and one count each of possessing and producing dangerous drugs.
Ford grew the plants and supplied some crop to his mate to smoke between March 31 and December 5 last year.
Police found his hidden stash at the back of his Mount Morgan home on Riffle Range Road on December 4. The total amount of cannabis found was 6.956kg.
It was Ford’s own omissions about supplying drugs to his friends that led police to charge him with supply. And despite the two rare occasions, defence barrister David Murray SC maintained there was no commercial element to his drug offending.
“He was actually surprised by the 7th plant,” Mr Murray said.
“He thought there was only six, but one just apparently popped out of the ground.
“He was quite proud of the plants, as it stopped him from being involved in drug dealing.
“He had a friend who would come over and they would walk down the back, across a creek and into a paddock where they would smoke together.”
Justice Duncan McMeekin warned Ford that his cannabis addiction would get him into trouble.
“Police know where you live and I hope it’s coming home to you that police will keep checking on you,” he said.
“Unless you want to keep seeing me, I suggest you change your ways.”
Ford was sentenced to six months prison, but it was immediately suspended.