Price of love? A marijuana crop
WILLIAM Mark Foden decided to grow a drug crop to pay off his girlfriend's credit card debts in an unusual romantic gesture.
Foden, 49, spent weeks converting three rooms of his daughter's Drayton rental house into a sophisticated hydroponic set-up used to grow cannabis.
He used his trade skills and access to building materials to create the set-up and had grown 22 cannabis plants weighing 13.37 kgs (not including roots).
However, Foden later discovered his girlfriend had been leading him on and dobbed himself into police.
Foden appeared in the Toowoomba District Court today and pleaded guilty to producing dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, and possessing property suspected as having been used in the connection with producing dangerous drugs.
Crown prosector Sarah Farnden said Foden had sourced a substantial amount of materials to construct the hydroponic set-up.
Ms Farnden said police found an additional 2.2 kgs of cannabis during their search, but it was off-cuts from material used to grow the plants and was not useable or sellable.
Barrister Robbie Davies said Foden had been in the Drayton house for eight weeks before he decided to pull the pin on the operation and contact police.
Foden was sentenced to a three-year suspended jail term.