Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Marijuana Growers Convicted; Police Surveillance Tracks Down Gang of Four

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Marijuana Growers Convicted; Police Surveillance Tracks Down Gang of Four

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Byline: Kathryn Greensill Kathryn.greensill@capnews.com.au

AS FOUR men tended to their marijuana crop at Byfield, they had no idea a team of police dressed in camouflage and armed with automatic weapons lay in wait.

Christopher Steven Cash, 26, Trent John Horton, 20, Hayden Lee Roseman, 21, and Patrick Lloyd Swayn, 37, watered and fertilised the 37 plants that were growing in the Byfield State Forest, unaware that all the while they were being watched and photographed.

The men were allowed to leave before the police set about seizing the plants, some quite small and others more than head high.

Each of the men pleaded guilty to a charge of producing a dangerous drug in the Supreme Court at Rockhampton yesterday.

Crown Prosecutor Roger Griffith said police had discovered the crop in June 2010, had set up surveillance to see who was responsible for it and had surrounded the area while camouflaged in the bush with weapons when the four men turned up. …

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