A mother caught growing a cannabis crop when her child made a prank call to Triple Zero has been busted again after another drug-related domestic debacle.
This time police attended the woman’s home near Wollongong, south of Sydney, to check that her partner was abiding by court orders not to live in the house.
The 31-year-old woman’s bedroom window was open and police could hear the voice of her partner, who was on bail and the subject of a restraining order.
When officers looked through the blinds they saw the man sitting on the woman’s bed next to a number of clear plastic bags containing what looked like cannabis.
Police arrested the man, called the woman and asked her to return home. She gave the officers permission to search the residence and seize anything they found.
A mother caught growing a cannabis crop when her child made a prank call to Triple Zero has been busted again. Police went to her home to ensure her partner was abiding by a court order not to be there but found him in the front bedroom (pictured), along with bagged marijuana
One of the woman’s children was being cared for by a babysitter at Albion Park Rail, south of Sydney, when she accidentally alerted police to her mother’s hydroponic cannabis crop (pictured) four months before cops found more marijuana in her home
When police arrived at an Albion Park Rail house in March last year no one answered the front door but officers saw light coming out from the garage (pictured) behind the home
‘Police entered the house and walked to the room where they had seen the drugs,’ a police statement of facts tendered in court said.
‘Immediately on the bed in the bedroom police observed the plastic bags containing drugs and cash. Police conducted a search, seizing a number of items of interest.
‘During this search the accused claimed possession of small amounts of cannabis located both on the bed and around the room.
‘The accused made full admissions to the cannabis being hers for personal use.’
The woman subsequently pleaded guilty to possessing 8.29 grams of cannabis and was fined $300 at Port Kembla Local Court in November.
‘The accused has only recently been charged with cultivating cannabis and continues to offend,’ court papers said.
On that occasion it was one of the woman’s children who led police to her personal hydroponic crop with a midnight Triple Zero prank call.
The girl was at the same house at Albion Park Rail in March last year when she picked up the phone and dialled the emergency number while her babysitter slept.
Upon entering the garage police immediately smelt cannabis and saw a makeshift shelter protecting 15 marijuana plants (pictured) growing under lights in the corner
Inside the garage (pictured) was a shelter fitted with wooden panels with a reflective coating to intensify the lighting. There was also an exhaust fan and a transformer
‘The caller terminated the call prior to the operator obtaining information,’ a police statement of facts tendered to Port Kembla Local Court said.
‘Police attended the premises to check on the welfare of the occupant.’
When police arrived at the house about 12.10am the lights were on and children’s toys were scattered in the garden but no one answered a knock at the front door.
Officers then went to the backyard and saw more light from a detached garage coming from under a roller door.
‘Police believed on reasonable grounds that the caller may be in imminent danger of significant physical injury and it was necessary to enter the premises immediately,’ the statement of fact said.
Upon entering the garage officers smelt cannabis and saw a makeshift shelter protecting 15 marijuana plants growing under lights in the corner.
‘I water them every day,’ the mother told police of her cannabis plants (pictured). ‘The lights are on a timer. I have a key for the door on my key ring. I lock the door during the day’
The shelter was fitted with wooden panels with a reflective coating to intensify the lighting. There was also an exhaust fan and a transformer.
While police examined the hydroponic set-up a woman came out of the house and said she had been sleeping while babysitting the resident’s children.
The babysitter then called the mother, who cannot be named to protect the identify of her children.
As with the later offence, the mother came home and made ‘full and frank’ admissions to cultivating the cannabis for her personal use.
‘I water them every day,’ the mother told police. ‘The lights are on a timer. I have a key for the door on my key ring. I lock the door during the day.’
The mother pleaded guilty in Port Kembla Local Court (pictured) to cultivating a prohibited plant and was fined $450. She had a previous conviction for possessing a prohibited drug
Police learnt the mother lived at the house with her partner and three children aged under 13.
‘It was determined that one of the children called the Triple Zero operator without reason,’ the statement of facts said.
‘The [mother] cares for the children and at no time exposed her children to the garage where the cannabis was growing.
‘There is no evidence to suggest the cannabis was used for commercial purposes.’
The woman pleaded guilty to having cultivated a prohibited plant and was convicted and fined $450.
She is protected from her partner by an apprehended domestic violence order which prevents him from going to her home or workplace before August 2022.
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