Man 'didn't know' his mushrooms were illegal
A FARM worker didn't realise his special mushrooms were illegal until police charged him, Stanthorpe Magistrates Court has heard.
Sebastian Zuniga, 33, faced court yesterday on charges of possessing drug-related utensils and possessing dangerous drugs.
His solicitor, Bonnie O'Brien, said he had been in Australia for 12 years and didn't realise he was doing anything wrong.
Zuniga pleaded guilty to the charges after he was found with a "small amount” of mushrooms in his car.
"He indicated to me (he believed) it wasn't illegal for him to have possession of the mushrooms,” Ms O'Brien said.
"He's now aware of that.”
Ms O'Brien said her client had previously applied for an adjournment to have a forensic test undertaken, but had since opted to lodge a guilty plea.
Magistrate Bevan Manthey handed the man a Section 32 good behaviour bond and a $200 fine.