A Bacchus Marsh man has been busted for growing cannabis at his home using a hydroponic set-up.
Bacchus Marsh Magistrates Court heard police found four cannabis plants at Peter Momcilovic’s home after executing a search warrant on September 23.
The father-of-two had set up the hydroponic system for his own personal use, the court heard on Friday (December 4).
Momcilovic’s defence counsel told the court that his client had experienced ongoing alcohol problems, so had turned to cannabis as an alternative.
“His history of alcohol was causing problems for his young family, he understood that it was not appropriate to drink the way he did so he chose cannabis instead,” he said.
“The plants were purely for his own use as he did not want to adventure into anymore criminal activity by buying from the streets”.
Momcilovic wasn’t home during the time of the search warrant, however arrived back to the premises as soon as he received a call from police, the court heard.
The defence counsel stated that Momcilovic had been very cooperative with police and had made a point of pleading guilty at the very first opportunity.
“He has realised the impact this situation has had on his children, who were at home during the time of the search warrant, and he has since given up the drug and commenced full time employment”.
Magistrate Cynthia Toose commended the accused for his responsibility following the incident, however reminded him that the cultivation of a plant can lead to imprisonment.
Momcilovic was fined $3000 with conviction and a forfeiture order was made for the property to be seized and destroyed.
First appeared in The Moorabool News.