A man convicted of growing cannabis for sale at his Paengaroa home and conspiring to supply hash oil and LSD will spend the next three years in jail.
Horticulturalist James Allan Thompson, 31, appeared in Tauranga District Court this week where he was sentence to three years jail after being arrested during a police raid on his Bay of Plenty home in May.
During sentencing the court heard how Thompson’s deteriorating financial circumstances led him to embark on a commercial indoor cannabis growing operation.
Police found 21 cloned plants growing under lights and five other plants from which the clones were taken.
Thompson pleaded guilty to two charges of cultivating cannabis, two charges of producing cannabis oil, two charges of offering to supply cannabis oil, two charges of conspiring to supply cannabis oil and one charge of conspiracy to supply LSD to persons unknown.
He disputed the crown’s estimation of the crop’s worth, which his was wise to do, says Judge Peter Rollo.
A disputed facts hearing resulted in the estimated worth of the crop being reduced.
Thompson received credit for his early guilty plea, and his previously clean record.
Judge Peter Rollo sentenced Thompson to three years and one month jail on the cultivation charge.
On the hash oil charges he was sentenced to 18 months jail, and to two year’s jail on the charge of conspiring to supply LSD. The terms to be concurrent.