Farmer sentenced for dope

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 11:10 09/07/2014

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A Kaponga farmer has been given a community work sentence for growing dope at his home.

Kurt Frank, 24, was charged with cultivating cannabis after a  search warrant executed at his home on June 26 found five small to medium sized plants growing under lights.

Lawyer Alice Leonard said her client had grown the plants for personal use and had no history of drug offending.

Following Frank's guilty plea in the Hawera District Court on Tuesday, Judge Allan Roberts sentenced Frank to 100 hours of community work and made an order for destruction of the plants.

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