A FATHER of two sentenced to six years in prison for helping grow an $18 million cannabis crop near Dorrigo, has been described in court as a man of good character.
Friends and referees of Adam Beveridge, 39, of Korora said the well-known gym worker was a “totally trustworthy”, “dedicated father of two”, who “had never committed an offence before”.
They said the crime was totally out of character.
But Beveridge knew he faced a lengthy prison sentence when caught watering a 9000 plant cannabis crop in the Chaelundi National Park, near Hernani, in January.
He told the court he was tied up in the operation with Coffs Harbour’s Dennis Gordon Smith, 51, because “he agreed to assist a friend”.
A covert police operation watched on as he fuelled a generator powering a sophisticated watering system.
When officers pounced, Beveridge was arrested a short distance from the drug crop.
Police uncovered five-tonnes in cannabis, one of the largest hauls ever seized on the Mid North Coast.
The plantation and a smaller crop, also planted in September, were grown in a bushland clear–ing.
Pleading guilty to growing 3373 of the plants, Beveridge had his sentence back dated to January 13.
He will serve a minimum jail term of three years and six months.
His accomplice, Dennis Gordon Smith, who has also pleaded guilty, will be sentenced in court next month.