Man led police to crops
A MAN who was watched by armed and camouflaged police while he tended to a marijuana crop was yesterday sentenced for his involvement in two other harvests.
Hayden Lee Roseman yesterday pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court of Rockhampton to two charges of producing dangerous drugs.
Justice Duncan McMeekin said it was a peculiar case as Roseman appeared in the same court only months before with three other men, each pleading guilty to one charge of producing dangerous drugs, after police surveyed a property in the Byfield National Forest.
The court yesterday heard while Roseman was questioned by police, he led them to two other crops and was subsequently charged for his involvement.
Police discovered 152 plants on two separate sites, and Prosecutor Michael Cowen said Roseman's involvement by taking "considerable effort" to water the plants was a necessary part of the production process.
However, he said Roseman was not the "main player" and he was due significant credit for his co-operation with police and implicating himself.
Defence barrister Tom Polley said Roseman acted on instruction as a labourer or "mule" and got very little out of the venture.
He said without him the crops would not have been discovered by police.
Justice McMeekin said he had difficulty deciding on a punishment due to Roseman's previous appearance and the previous assumption there was only one crop.
He said Roseman sat in the courtroom knowing there were more plants.
He took into account Roseman was part of a group and came from a "sad background".
Justice McMeekin sentenced Roseman to 12 months jail with immediate parole.