Father and son in court over drug crop worth more than $20m

BAIL was denied for a convicted drug grower accused of being involved in a father-and-son marijuana enterprise totalling more than $20 million.

Mackay Magistrates Court heard police allegedly found up to $60,000 worth of marijuana drying in Anthony Howard Lindsay's Calen home, which was adjacent to where a large-scale crop was found.

Police seized roughly 8000 marijuana plants, which covered an area the size of about two baseball courts and had a street value worth $20,222,500.

The 37 year old and his father Howard Kerry Lindsay, 71, are charged with growing marijuana between November last year and May this year and possessing related equipment items including a cultivator, irrigation equipment, water pumps and solar panels.

Father of three Anthony Lindsay is also accused of possessing up to 10 kilograms of marijuana and cash.

 

Mackay police located a large-scale bush cannabis crop in the mountains of Calen.
Mackay police located a large-scale bush cannabis crop in the mountains of Calen. Queensland Police Service

During a bail objection, prosecutor Robert Beamish used surveillance photographs that allegedly showed Anthony Lindsay with the drug crop.

"(Anthony Lindsay's) father has made part admissions stating that they were managing the crop for someone else," Mr Beamish told the court.

"He has a history of cultivating cannabis with his father.

"He received three years imprisonment for a crop that was a quarter of the size of this current crop.

"He's committed perjury in the last to protect the illegal activities of his family."

 

Family of Howard and Anthony Lindsay .
Family of Howard and Anthony Lindsay . Janessa Ekert

Legal Aid Queensland solicitor Rosie Varley said conditions could be put in place that would mitigate any risks.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer denied bail saying it was a "very serious matter" in the sheer size of the allegations.

The court heard the Howard Lindsay was on parole and a decision had to be made before any bail application could be made.

Matters were adjourned until July for committal mention. Howard Lindsay will reappear today in relation to bail.



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