Drugs grown in baby's bedroom

AN IPSWICH man grew cannabis in his baby’s nursery and left used syringes scattered on the floor of another bedroom in the home.

Police discovered marijuana seedlings in the child’s bedroom and a hydroponic set-up in the laundry when they searched Trevor Matthew King’s home.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard King, 30, who has a 10-month-old daughter, had eight pots of cannabis seedlings in a wooden cupboard in the nursery.

The master bedroom contained more than 20 used syringes in drawers and on the floor.

Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said he accepted the drugs were for personal use, but it was “disturbing” that King’s child lived in the home.

“You’ve got a young child in your house, but apparently there’s large numbers of syringes scattered around,” Mr McLaughlin said.

“There’s no excuse, particularly if there are kids around. It is troubling and it is irresponsible.”

Officers found three 160 centimetre-tall cannabis plants growing in the laundry in a hydroponic system.

Police also found a small amount of green leafy material, fertiliser, a ceramic water pipe and a spoon in the Collingwood Park house on January 19.

King told police his friend had dropped off the spoon because he feared his home was going to be raided.

He pleaded guilty to producing and possessing drugs, having drug utensils, possessing a thing used in a drug offence and failing to dispose of syringes and was fined $2000.

Defence lawyer Natasha Shorter said her client had struggled with a cannabis addiction, but his last conviction for possessing drugs was seven years ago.

Ms Shorter said King’s drug habit had put a financial strain on his family so he decided to grow his own cannabis.

She said King had approached a drug counsellor.



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