Drug run ends with a tip-off

A CALL to Crime Stoppers from an alert member of the public has led to the conviction of a Murwillumbah man for the cultivation of cannabis and theft of electricity from Country Energy.

Geoffrey James Everingham, 56, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to one charge of cultivating a prohibited plant and another charge of consuming electricity without authority.

According to facts tendered to court by police, officers searched the 80ha property at McConnell Road, Dunbible, that consisted of a number of rented buildings after a tip-off from a member of the public.

Police searched one of the rented buildings, where they discovered 26 'healthy and well-tended' cannabis plants between one and two metres high.

They also found special lights, irrigation tubing, hydroponic lamp shades, loose electrical wiring and four large 25-litre drums of hydroponic chemicals.

Police also found mail addressed to Everingham and footage of the accused visiting the shed from a 'spy camera' installed for security.

Sentencing Everingham, Magistrate Michael Dakin noted the defendant had successfully given up using cannabis and had a string of good references. He said it was also important to ensure parity with his co-accused David Grace, who was sentenced in July.

Everingham was ordered to pay a $800 fine, repay Country Energy $2066.99 and placed on a two-year good behaviour bond.



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