Marijuana plants ‘ripped’ from ground after police tip-off
A LOCKYER Valley woman who knew marijuana plants were growing on her property tore them from the ground before police arrived.
Gatton Magistrates Court heard a member of the public had tipped police off, alerting them to the presence of marijuana plants growing on the back of a property in Ropeley.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Alister Windsor said the witness believed Shannea-Caroline Farrier, 21, was aware the plants were there.
“(They said) she had begun ripping the plants up and burning them to ensure no plants remained,” Sgt Windsor said.
“It is not clear on the material whether or not Farrier was aware police would become aware of the plants, but the allegation is she was aware they were growing there.”
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When police arrived, they saw a woman and three men moving around inside the home.
The court heard Farrier identified herself to police and said she was the primary occupant and was sharing the property with her partner and friends.
Police asked to search the property and Farrier agreed.
As police approached a greenhouse on the property, Farrier told police she would “come clean”.
“She has quite openly said words to the effect of ‘look, I’ll come clean – there are cannabis plants growing in the greenhouse’,” Sgt Windsor said.
The court heard the greenhouse was home to 15 pots full of moist soil, which “looked to have been tended”.
“Most pots didn’t have anything growing in them at the time, however some had simply been cut off at soil level,” Sgt Windsor said.
In bushland at the back of the property, two marijuana plants were growing and, in a bedroom was a glass water pipe.
Sgt Windsor said Farrier had told police she had known the plants were growing and said they had been “ripped up and burnt” before police arrived.
The court heard Farrier no longer lived at the property and had not been the only person to remove the plants from the property.
She pleaded guilty to two charges, including permitting a place to be used.
Magistrate Damien Carroll served Farrier a $750 six-month good behaviour bond.
A conviction was not recorded.
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