Fine was high for cannabis crop

July 12, 2017

A MAN who was growing cannabis in his Echuca backyard has been fined $1500.

A MAN who was growing cannabis in his Echuca backyard has been fined $1500.

Timothy Solimo appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to cultivating, possession and use of cannabis as well as driving while suspended and breaching an interlock condition.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dave Rennie said police attended the Mitchell St home on March 30 with a warrant.

‘‘At 8.25am police attended the residence where the accused was cooperative in dealing with the police, and admitted to three cannabis plants and some dried cannabis on the premises,’’ he said.

‘‘The police search uncovered 14.25g of dried cannabis inside and three cannabis plants around 3-5ft tall outside being grown in a vegetable garden.

‘‘The accused was arrested and taken to the Echuca police station for interview.’’

Snr Constable Rennie then told the court that Solimo made full admissions to both planting and nurturing the cannabis plants.

‘‘He said the reason for growing the cannabis was because they were heavy smokers,’’ he said.

Solimo said he and his partner have since stopped using the drug.

The court also heard that Solimo had been caught driving while suspended and in a car without the interlock system.

Magistrate Michael King convicted and fined him.

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