Man loses home over cannabis

22:53, Nov 15 2012

A 34-year-old man's house was forfeited to the Crown yesterday after he appeared in Invercargill District Court for cultivating cannabis.

Barry Alan Richard Lang, meatworker, appeared before Judge Michael Behrens and was sentenced to five months' home detention.

Judge Behrens said police found 34 cannabis plants, from 400 to 600mm high, in an indoor growing room in his house.

Lang admitted growing three crops, and Judge Behrens said the total value of the crops was $63,750.

Judge Behrens said the Crown had asked for forfeiture of his house, valued at $172,300, which was granted. Lang would be given half the proceeds from the house sale.

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