Strange strains of pod seized

YOU’VE heard of dope, pot, maybe even skunk – but how about fruit salad, fallen soldier, deep purple or octopus?

Those are a few of the tags police found in jars of what they believe were cannabis seeds, seized during a February 2005 raid on Wayne John Maslin’s property at Loadstone, north of Kyogle.

Maslin, 49, of Miami on the Gold Coast, is fighting charges of supplying cannabis and supplying a prohibited plant after 1401 cannabis plants and 14kg of cannabis leaf were found on his property during the raid. He says he knew nothing of the drugs and only visited the property occasionally.

Giving evidence in the Lismore District Court against Maslin, Detective Sergeant Grant Erickson, who was involved in the raid, said officers found the cannabis seeds stored in old coffee and Vegemite jars in the kitchen.

Each jar included a label, appearing to describe a different strain of cannabis plant. Apart from fruit salad, fallen soldier, deep purple and octopus, there were also strains named tim, micko, diaz, juicy fruit, melon, fruit cake, austin mates, shan or shaw purple, chunk, super chunk, peppy 3, octopus sister and steve 6.

The trial, before Judge James Black, continues.



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