Back to jail for drugs conviction

A MAN caught growing a cannabis crop at Bonville, while serving suspended jail terms for prior drugs convictions, has been sentenced to 18-months imprisonment.

Raymond John Bridges, 46, of Boambee East was yesterday found guilty of cultivating and possessing prohibited drugs in the Coffs Harbour Local Court.

Bridges pleaded not guilty to the charges on the basis the drug growing operation was found inside a flat on another person’s property.

But police told the court he was seen on the Archville Station Road property where 49 cannabis plants were found growing under lights.

The court heard officers went to the property on September 23 last year acting on information.

A search warrant was obtained and a check with CountryEnergy revealed excessive power usage.

Detectives spoke with the owners of the property, while Bridges was stopped in a vehicle nearby and questioned by police.

At the time of the raid, he was serving an 18-month suspended jail sentences for drug offences dating back to 2007.

Police told the court he was found to have a key to the flat, where the drugs were growing.

Officers then also charged him with drug possession after 28 grams of the drug were found inside.

Bridges was ordered to serve an 18-month sentence, backdated to September last year, carrying a non-parole period of 12-months.



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