Growing pot costly for first-timer

A MAN who decided to grow marijuana plants in his backyard to supplement his income after being affected by the Queensland Health payroll debacle has appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court.

He was facing three drug charges as a result of a police operation.

Brandon James Sanderson pleaded guilty to possessing anything used in the commission of drugs, possessing dangerous drugs and producing dangerous drugs.

At 2.30pm on Sunday, July 4, police executed a search warrant on the defendant’s address after receiving information.

Police surveillance saw the plants growing behind Sanderson’s garden shed.

Thirteen pots with 46 plants were confiscated from the premises.

Sanderson told police he grew the plants from seeds and was going to sell the end product due to suffering financial hardship when his wife had not been paid by her employer, Queensland Health.

There was 61.5 grams of marijuana as well as 632 seeds weighing 7.2 grams.

Duty lawyer Brad Krebs said the set-up was an unsophisticated operation and his client had co-operated with police following the raid.

The defendant, who suffers from health issues, lost his job after the drug charges were laid by police.

The 40-year-old with no criminal history was placed on probation for 12 months and ordered to undergo drug and alcohol counselling by Magistrate Damian Carroll.

“You made a gross error of judgement,” Mr Carroll told the defendant.

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