Man fined for cultivating cannabis and having gun

Gareth Titterington prepares for his marathon of obstacles. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d402555
Gareth Titterington prepares for his marathon of obstacles. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d402555

Barry Andrew Johnson (48), of Roleystone, pleaded guilty to cultivating cann-abis, possessing cannabis, possessing an unlicensed firearm, failing to ensure the safe-keeping of a firearm and three counts of possessing a smoking utensil.

Police prosecutor Ser-geant Rod Murray said police searched a cottage on December 8 and found two hydroponics setups. Police also found 10 cannabis seedlings 5cm tall, four plants 50cm tall and four cannabis plants about 10cm tall. There was also 154g of cannabis leaf in a bag.

Sgt Murray said police found an air rifle but no gun cabinet.

The court was told Johnson was going to harvest the cannabis and sail around Australia.

Lawyer Brian Mahon said Johnson used the cann-abis for pain and sleep management. He said Johnson had had heart surgery and continuing health issues. Johnson owed more than $7000 in fines.