Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Jail Time for Drug Supply; Men's Involvement Was 'Pre-Meditated'

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Jail Time for Drug Supply; Men's Involvement Was 'Pre-Meditated'

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Byline: Hamish Broome Hamish.Broome@northernstar.com.au

IT ALL started with a seemingly innocent invitation for a beer at the Nimbin pub to discuss a potential earner - with an illicit twist.

But it ended with seven men facing multiple year sentences for the commercial drug supply of almost 70kg of cannabis.

Last week in Lismore District Court two of the men were sentenced - one a "cleanskin" with no serious criminal record - to more than three years in jail for their offences.

Nimbin father of three Clinton Scott Ellis, 62, and Zachariah Treloar Kay, 43, were paid for a simple but criminal job.

They were told to sit at a table and trim the heads off hydroponically grown cannabis with scissors before it was cryo-vacced for commercial sale.

That was where police found the two men on June 23 last year when they raided a four-bedroom home on Kyogle Rd at Mt Burrell.

Underneath the home, they found scores of plants in various stages of cultivation.

In the living areas, they found pairs of scissors, a cryo-vac machine, several barrels of cannabis leaf offcuts, and a ledger book with each man's name written neatly alongside dollar figures.

The ledger revealed the men's payments for their work - at a rate of $200 "per pound" of cannabis trimmed.

In total police seized almost 68kg of cannabis with an alleged street value of around $750,000. …

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