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This is why you don't get your photo taken in a drug crop

Having your photo taken with a plantation of drugs is not a good idea.
Having your photo taken with a plantation of drugs is not a good idea. Carolyn Booth

DRUGS, a sawn-off shotgun and a pocket knife were among the items found on Joshua Edward Burden when he was stopped by police in McCarthy St.

Police also seized a mobile phone containing photos which showed Burden, 27, standing in a crop of 3m tall marijuana plants and about 2800 text messages which indicated he had been selling methamphetamine and marijuana.

The Bundaberg father pleaded guilty to six charges including one count each of possessing dangerous drugs, unlawful possession of a weapon, producing drugs in excess of 500gm and two counts of trafficking dangerous drugs.

Justice Duncan McMeekin said police intercepted a car on January 10 last year - the headlights were off and Burden was a passenger in the front seat.

"You had a pocket knife between you legs," he said.

"A backpack was found in the car; inside the backpack police located a plastic bag containing 74gm of cannabis, three clip seal bags containing 1.6gm of total methamphetamine inside a cigarette packet."

Justice McMeekin said a sawn-off shot gun and four rounds of ammunition, two glass pipes and a mobile phone were also found by police.

Between November 2014 and January 2015, Burden sold methamphetamine and in September 2014 he began growing a crop of marijuana which he sold from December 2014 until his arrest on January 10.

The court heard Burden sold the drugs to fund his ice habit.

In his favour Burden used a map to show police where to find the location of the marijuana crop however when police found it only tree stumps remained.

In sentencing, Justice McMeekin said a disturbing aspect of Burden's offending was the possession of a weapon by someone involved in the drug world.

Burden's drug offences also occurred while he had 2½ years of a suspended sentence for arson hanging over his head.

That remaining term was activated and Burden was also sentenced to a head sentence of four years for trafficking.

He will be released on parole on March 13, 2017.

Topics:  court crime



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