Cannabis dealer walks on good behaviour bonds

A FERNMOUNT man who was found growing hundreds of cannabis plants at his property has walked from court on a good behaviour bond.

Joshua Owen, 24, appeared before Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday pleading guilty to supplying and growing cannabis, possessing amphetamine, dealing with proceeds of crime and possessing prohibited weapons.

The charges date back to November 12, following a search of Mr Owen's Baker St home.

The court was told police seized 215 cannabis plants that were found growing inside a hydroponic system set up inside a garage at the property.

Police told the court Mr Owen admitted to growing "clones" of cannabis plants in the system "from male and female plants", as well as sourcing new seedlings.

During a search of the house, police also found 3kg of cannabis stashed inside resealable bags and other locations.

The court was told Mr Owen admitted to selling cannabis, after purchasing it from Dorrigo or having it delivered to his home.

The court heard Mr Owen told police: "I sell a couple of ounces a day.... I get $60 for a quarter and $240 for an ounce."

Digital scales, drug tick lists, cannabis, plastic bags, and other items were also found in a storage compartment of a baby change table.

Other items found at the home included amphetamine, stolen property, and $700 in cash Mr Owen admitted was the result of cannabis sales.

His charges also related to the possession of a prohibited weapons including a 20cm flick-knife, knuckle-dusters and a device capable of administering electric shocks.

Police told the court the street value of the cannabis seized from the home was approximately $463,700.

The court heard after his arrest, Mr Owen told police he had been selling cannabis for approximately two years and was owed $12,000 due to customers not paying for drugs he supplied.

During a sentencing hearing in Coffs Harbour on Monday, Mr Owen was placed on good behaviour bonds for 12 months for the offences of supplying and cultivating cannabis.

Magistrate Robert Walker also ordered Mr Owen pay $700 in fines for the possession of the prohibited drugs and weapons.

He was also placed on an additional 12-month good behaviour bond for dealing with the proceeds of crime.

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