Guilty plea for illegal plants

A self-employed landscaper has landed himself in hot water after using a how-to book to grow multiple illegal plants.

In Palmerston North District Court yesterday, Andrew John Hunter pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis and unlawfully possessing a firearm.

On March 19, police searched Hunter's Palmerston North house. They found more than 20 cannabis plants from 0.3 metres to 1.7m tall. Some were under lamps to grow faster.

Police also found a .22 rifle and matching ammunition under his bed and in a draw. Hunter admitted the firearms and plants were his.

Defence lawyer Mike Ryan said Hunter had the gun for hunting possums, while the plants were for his own use. He had ordered a book on growing cannabis online, and the book came with cannabis seeds.

Judge Les Atkins remanded Hunter on bail until July 17 for sentencing.

Manawatu Standard