Mother hid cannabis in childrens’ bedrooms

LYNDA Joy Acheson thought the one place police officers wouldn't sniff out her 540g of cannabis was in her children's drawers.

The Rockhampton woman was wrong.

Acheson pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to one charge of unlawful possession of cannabis and one of unlawful possession of a bong after police raided her home earlier this year.

Police prosecutor Julie Marsden said officers executed a search warrant at Acheson's Frenchville home on March 8, for reasons not heard before the court. Ms Marsden said police searched her home and found 90g of cannabis in a plastic sandwich bag in one child's bedroom.

They found another 450g of cannabis tucked away in a drawer in another child's room.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said his client hid the cannabis in the drawers because she didn't think police officers would look there.

Acheson at the time was still coming to terms with a breakdown in her marriage, which had lasted for 13 years.

Mr Pepito said Acheson was presented with an opportunity to buy one year's worth of cannabis, so she took up the offer.

Magistrate Cameron Press warned Acheson she was moving close to imprisonment with such a large amount of cannabis.

She was fined $1000 and sentenced to 18 months probation.



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