RAID: A 50-year-old man has been jailed after police found a marijuana crop growing on his rural property.
RAID: A 50-year-old man has been jailed after police found a marijuana crop growing on his rural property. Contributed

Drug crop costs businessman his freedom

THE deck of cards and thick book drug dealer Gavin Andrew Currie carried with him as he entered the dock at Maroochydore District Court suggested he knew he would not be walking free at the end of his sentence.

His incarceration clearly saddened some people in the public gallery on Monday who had come to support the 50-year-old business owner through the first entry on his criminal history.

Currie's marijuana-growing and selling enterprise was uncovered after an October 2015 raid on his 200-hectare Lowmead property.

Police found a total of 87.7kg of the drug as well as eight different sites where crops were growing or had been grown.

Sheds on the rural property were used for drying out plants.

Crown prosecutor Alex Stark said Currie had been growing and then selling the drug between June 2014 and October 2015.

Analysis of his bank account showed $35,580 in cash deposits were profits from his trafficking.

Defence barrister David James accepted his client's actions were motivated by profit.

The court heard businesses which regularly employed Currie had failed and he was struggling to keep his business afloat as a result.

A psychiatrist's report showed Currie was affected by a major depressive disorder and an alcohol-misuse disorder when he was offending.

His judgment was impaired by that as well wanting what was best for his children.

Judge John Robertson noted Currie's lack of criminal history and accepted the offending was out of character.

"A very extensive number of documents have been tendered attesting to strong work ethic, strong family values and strong support within the community," Judge Robertson said.

Currie was sentenced to four years in jail, with his sentence to suspended after serving 12 months.



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