A pensioner has been sentenced
to home detention and community work for running a commercial
cannabis operation in her garage.
Sheryl Margaret Kingi, 65, was sentenced in the Tauranga
District Court today.
Kingi had a heart attack the day she was arrested and she
later pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis and possession
of cannabis for supply, after police discovered a
sophisticated growing set-up and more than $108,000 worth of
cannabis on her property. She had no previous convictions.
She was sentenced to nine months' home detention at a Rotorua
address and ordered to complete 175 hours of community work.
Police searched Kingi's home on June 11 and found "an
extensive commercial scale cannabis operation" in the garage
and adjoining unit that consisted of the cultivation, drying
and packaging of the drug. Police found 119 cannabis plants,
30 seedlings and 2.37kg of cannabis. Using a "conservative"
estimate of $350 per ounce, police valued the cannabis at
Power records suggested the operation had been in effect
since at least May 2009. During the previous 12 months the
property had used an average of 82 units of power per day.
The national average for a similar house was 24 units.
- Bay of Plenty