Man avoids jail for growing drugs

AN ARAMARA man who grew a crop of marijuana in a state forest near his property has been sentenced to 12 months jail but will stay out of prison and serve the term as an intensive correctional order.

Raymond Brent Simpson, 47, was sentenced in the Brisbane Supreme Court this week after pleading guilty to one count of producing a dangerous drug.

Police raided his Aramara property in April this year and found about one kilogram of dried marijuana and seeds in his shed.

They also found 46 small to medium-sized marijuana plants in the Wongi State Forest.

It was alleged he had been growing the plants since late 2009.

Simpson pleaded guilty in the Maryborough Supreme Court before the case was transferred to Brisbane for sentencing.

He agreed to be bound by the ICO's stringent conditions.

Justice Peter Applegarth considered Simpson's early guilty plea and personal circumstances, indicating he would not benefit from actual time served behind bars.



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