Hefty fines for backyard cannabis growers in Biggenden

TWO Biggenden men have been fined a total of more than $7000 for growing cannabis plants in their backyards.

Christopher Gregory Crooks, 26, will have to pay $2100 in fines after police searched his property on July 24 and found two cannabis plants growing among a tomato garden in his backyard.

The two plants, 30cm and 50cm tall, were found in a fenced-off area of the garden.

Crooks, who appeared in Maryborough Magistrates Court on Tuesday, told police he had been watering the plants and helping them grow.

Police prosecutor Michael Quirk said police also found a water pipe, grinder and a set of scales.

Magistrate John Smith fined Crooks $1000 for producing a dangerous drug, $750 for possessing a dangerous drug and $350 for possessing utensils.

A second man from Biggenden, Dean Daniel Fotheringham, also appeared in Maryborough Magistrates Court charged with producing cannabis.

Police searched the 55-year-old's property on July 25.

He was fined $1000 for possessing cannabis, $3000 for producing cannabis and $1000 for possessing utensils.



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