Guilty plea for drug offences

Grenfell man, Nathan York pleaded guilty to cultivating a prohibited plant - small quantity and possess a prohibited drug in front of Magistrate Peter Dare at Young Local Court last week.

Mr Casey, York’s legal representation, stated York suffers from Huntington’s disease .

He also noted York had appeared before Magistrate Dare last year.

“Do you want to finish it today Mr Casey?” Magistrate Dare asked.

“Yes, your honor,” Mr Casey responded before Magistrate Dare convicted the 42-year-old of the charges.

Police facts said about 9.30 pm on August 31, 2016 police attended a George St, Grenfell address for a different matter related to York.

Whilst in attendance police located two mature cannabis plants in a small black tent in the bedroom of the residence. 

Police said the plants were growing in plastic pots filled with soil with a heat lamp and extractor fan venting to an external window.

The plants were removed from the tent and seized by police.

According to police York made full admissions during a notebook interview conducted at the residence to providing the cannabis plants with nutrients every night and watering the cannabis plants.

Police said the plants were analysed by an appointed agronomist to be mature cannabis plants with one being 70 cm in height and the other being 50 cm in height.

Police searched the bedroom and located dried green vegetable matter suspended on string and in plastic containers.

York made admissions in relation to the green vegetable matter, telling police it was cannabis leaf he collected from plants he grew in the tent in the bedroom.

Police said a search of the kitchen was conducted. 

Police located green vegetable matter in a plastic container inside the microwave.

The cannabis was seized by police and according to police facts weighed a gross weight of 86 g.

York was placed under arrest by police and taken to Young Police Station.