A LOT OF POT: Sami Sengul told Bundaberg District Court he grew the marijuana so he wouldn't have to source it from drug dealers.
A LOT OF POT: Sami Sengul told Bundaberg District Court he grew the marijuana so he wouldn't have to source it from drug dealers. Nathan Denette

Court accepts 188kg pot crop was for personal use

A DRUG user who grew marijuana has avoided spending time behind bars.

For more than 30 years, 48-year-old Sami Sengul used marijuana after he started smoking it aged 15.

In February police raided Sengul's property and found 188kg of undried plant material - which the court accepted was for his personal use.

In Bundaberg District Court on Thursday, Sengul pleaded guilty to one count each of producing dangerous drugs and possessing dangerous drugs, and two charges of possessing drug utensils and items used in the commission of a crime.

The court heard Sengul had a criminal history in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and all his drug offending involved marijuana.

Sengul said he grew the marijuana so he wouldn't have to source it from dealers.

Police first found seedlings at his Pine Creek property last October.

But a crash involving one of the officers meant a subsequent search warrant was not executed until February 10 this year, when they found 50 mature plants up to 4m tall.

Not all were in good health and many of the seedlings found in October had died before maturity.

Undried and without roots, the plants weighed 188kg. A drying rack, pipes and 28g of dried marijuana were also found.

Defence barrister Simone Bain said Sengul had an "long-lasting habit of smoking cannabis" but had undertaken a withdrawal program and was "very much dedicated to his rehabilitation".

Ms Bain said her client had since been offered work.

Sengul was sentenced to concurrent jail terms of nine months and three months but was given immediate parole.



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