Dad on parole after police find cannabis in freezer

SOME people's freezers can be full of surprises.

Instead of frozen peas or ice cubes, police found 2.76kg of cannabis when they searched the freezer of Churchill dad Richard Dallas McCallum.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, the 33-year-old pleaded guilty to a series of drug-related charges including possessing drugs and 11 counts of suppyling drugs.

Crown prosecutor Jane Shaw said police found the frozen cannabis when they searched McCallum's Lobb St address on May 13, 2014.

They also found a cannabis plant, drug utensils, a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition.

As a consequence of being found with the gun and ammo, McCallum was additionally charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possessing explosives.

McCallum told police he had been harvesting cannabis from his plant for about a year.

An examination of his mobile phone revealed he had been also been supplying the illegal drug to his friends for at least two months.

However, defence lawyer Steve Kissick said there was no commerciality to the cannabis that was found in McCallum's freezer.

Mr Kissick said his client had been mixing parts of the plant with ice as a method of making a small amount of hashish for his personal use. By that method, he said his client had expected to create a block of hash about the size of a 10 cent piece from the 2.76kg of cannabis.

Mr Kissick added that since the cannabis was wet, it would have weighed more than if it had been dried out.

He said McCallum was employed and now drug free.

In sentencing, Judge Sarah Bradley noted that McCallum had been convicted of a drug possession charge in April 2013, where he was fined $300.

"If you are found in possession of illegal drugs in the future - or anything related to it - you could well be going to jail," she warned McCallum.

For all charges, McCallum was sentenced to 12 months in jail and released on parole.


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