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Drug crop role lands woman in prison

A 42-YEAR-OLD woman with a lengthy criminal history for drug possession and production has been jailed for six months after police found more than 30kg of marijuana at her property north of Bundaberg.

Kylie Elizabeth O'Neill was sentenced in the Bundaberg District Court on Wednesday for her part in the production and possession of more than 1000 marijuana plants in August last year.

The court heard police carried out a search warrant on the rural Baffle Creek property and located the plants in various stages, from matured plants to seedlings, as well as dried marijuana.

Crown prosecutor Susan Hedge said police described the operation as "semi-sophisticated".

"There was some effort to ensure the crop was doing well," she said.

And with an estimated value of $60,000 to $80,000, Ms Hedge said the quality was a significant escalation from O'Neill's last offending, which saw her caught with 914gm of marijuana in 2014.

But defence barrister James McNab argued there was no commercial element, with his addicted client not only smoking the drug but also using it in cooking.

Judge Tony Moynihan sentence O'Neill to 18 months jail with a parol release date of April 7, 2016.

A suspended sentence of six weeks was also activated to run concurrently.

Topics:  bundaberg district court, drugs, marijuana



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