Home turned into a small cannabis farm at brother's request

A COLLINGWOOD Park man, at his brother's apparent request, turned his house into a small cannabis farm.

When police raided the home of Quentin John Donald McNaught, they found about 60 marijuana plants growing in one of his bedrooms.

When asked about the illegal cultivation setup, McNaught told police it had been put together by his brother.

The 37-year-old had apparently given his brother permission to build the indoor green house and grow the cannabis plants.

The excuse wasn't enough to save McNaught from being summoned to Ipswich Magistrates Court though.

He pleaded guilty to a series of drug offences, which included producing and possessing a dangerous drug.

Police prosecutor senior constable Megan O'Brien said the home had been searched on October 29 last year.

Some of the 60 cannabis plants and seedlings found at the house had reached 1.5m in height.

McNaught said he had been helping his brother grow the plants in his house for about six weeks.

He said his brother visited the house now and again to tend to the plants.

During the search, police also found a small amount of cannabis in a tobacco tin and some drug utensils which McNaught said belonged to him.

Defence lawyer Natasha Shorter said McNaught worked as a truck driver and had a one-year-old child.

Ms Shorter said her client suffered from a "significant" mouth infection and used cannabis to help with the pain.

She said McNaught had been cooperative and made admissions to police and had no prior criminal history.

Ms Shorter said many of the plants seized were "immature".

McNaught was fined $800 and placed on a one-year probation order for all charges.



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