Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Man in Custody over Cudgera Creek Cannabis Cultivation

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Man in Custody over Cudgera Creek Cannabis Cultivation

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Byline: Ross Irby ross.irby@northernstar.com.au

CUDGERA CREEK man Michael James Stock has pleaded guilty to growing 475 cannabis plants at his rural property, and remains in custody after appearing in Lismore Local Court this month.

Stock, 26, was charged with enhanced indoor cultivation of cannabis in June 2008; the illegal use of electricity; and taking part in the cultivation of a commercial quantity of cannabis.

Stock was charged following conversations between him and his uncle, Nathan Stock, that led police to raid the Cudgera Creek Road property.

Sixty cannabis plants were found in two rooms of Stock's house that were lined with plastic and had suspended lights. There were timers and fans, with a bypass so electricity use was not metered.

Police say the plants were 1m to 1.5m in height and because of the weight of the 'head' many were supported by lines fitted to wire frames above the plants by yo-yos.

Stock admitted watering and applying nutrients to the plants. …

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