Fingerprints, DNA leads to arrest
THE sign out the front suggested Wayne John Maslin really didn’t want anyone poking about his place.
Police arriving in 2005 at Maslin’s remote property, ‘Evergreen’, nestled in a gap in the Border Ranges National Park, were greeted with a stark warning attached to a door:
‘Hey you! Stop trespassing. You are not welcome. There is nothing here for you except the possibility of prolonged pain and suffering and regret. Regards, the owner’.
However, police rarely expect warm welcomes on drug raids and it turned out there was quite a bit for them on Maslin’s picturesque estate.
Maslin, 49, of Miami, on the Gold Coast, yesterday went on trial over that crop, accused of growing 1401 cannabis plants on the property and of possessing 14kg of cannabis leaf and seeds scattered about the home.
Maslin is pleading not guilty to charges of supplying cannabis and supplying a prohibited plant.
Maslin’s barrister, Peter O’Connor, suggested police weren’t the only ones ignoring the dire warning at the house, saying Maslin knew nothing of the cannabis leaf, seeds or crop. He said Maslin only occasionally visited the property. The crop was out of sight, 500 metres from the house, and plenty of others had access.
However, prosecutors said Maslin’s name was on the home’s phone and pay TV accounts. There were records of him making calls from the home, his fingerprints were found on crockery and his DNA was scattered about the house. The trial continues.