Judge stands by drugs sentencing
A SHORT drive down a faded track from a Ballandean campsite delivered police to a small marijuana crop made up of about 120 plants.
Officers made the bust when they executed a search warrant at the property last year, which was home to Luke Richard George Logan.
The 33-year-old was not present when police arrived on November 24.
Police followed a track that led away from a campsite, which contained a caravan, shed and vegie patch, and discovered the 30-100cm-high plants and a tray of seedlings.
Some of the plants were contained inside cages, as a means to protect them from wild animals.
The weight of the drug seized by police, minus its roots, was 852.49g.
Logan arrived while officers were searching the property and admitted to planting the drugs a few months earlier.
He pleaded guilty in the Stanthorpe Court last week to producing and possessing a dangerous drug.
Defence barrister Robbie Davis asked Judge Julie Ryrie to consider placing his client on probation and not recording a conviction against him.
Mr Davies said this would allow Logan an opportunity to pursue a career in the mining industry.
Judge Ryrie refused Mr Davies' request, sentencing the Ballandean man to four months jail, wholly suspended for four months.
The maximum penalty for producing a dangerous drug is 20 years jail.