Grandad in cannabis farm bust
A GRANDAD, grandma and their son have faced court after a large-scale cannabis plantation was found on their property.
Police raided a 28.32-hectare property at Rose Ave, Minden, and discovered 31 thriving cannabis plants, with heights ranging from 30cm up to 1.8m, hidden among lantana trees.
Police also found a sophisticated hydroponic set-up in a shed, which included lights, fans, transformers, cannabis seeds soaking in tissue paper, a water pipe and pots of soil used to germinate cannabis seeds.
Ipswich Magistrates Court heard that the property occupiers, the Czosnowski family, were hostile from the moment police arrived.
Family patriarch Robert Przemyslaw Czosnowski, 60, told police they had no right to be in his home and closed a door on officers as they tried to search a cupboard. His son, Gerard Nerbert Czosnowski, 32, told officers he had to use the toilet and then absconded out of a window.
Robert Czosnowski's wife, Lidia Elzbieta Czosnowski, 59, was verbally abusive, aggressive and screamed profanities at police.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Kevin Carmont told the court that additional police had to be called to the home because of Mrs Czosnowski's behaviour.
Police repeatedly told the Czosnowskis they had a warrant which gave them the right to be there but the family refused to co-operate.
All three were arrested that day, on March 18 last year.
Robert Czosnowski pleaded guilty to unlawfully producing dangerous drugs, possessing things used in the commission of a crime, possessing dangerous drugs and utensils, obstructing police and contravening a police requirement.
He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for three years, and fined $250.
Mrs Czosnowski pleaded guilty to obstructing police and was released on a six-month, $300 good behaviour bond. Gerard Nerbert Czosnowski pleaded guilty to obstructing police and was fined $400.
Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said the Czosnowski grandparents had not set a good example to their grandchildren and the offending involved a significant amount of cannabis.
Defence barrister Andrew West said the Czosnowski family resented authority after growing up in communist Poland before migrating to Australia in 1990.
The court was satisfied the family had not sold the drugs.