Tip-off led to cannabis drug bust 

A lifelong cannabis addict’s hidden hydroponic set up was uncovered after a tip off from the public.

Nathan Blake Williams’ Heddon Greta garage housed a hydroponic room that was concealed with black plastic from the door way. 

Inside, four large cannabis plants were being heated by three lamps, and reflective thermal sheets lined the walls and blocked out natural light. 

During a search of Williams’ house on January 30, he told police he had grown cannabis all his life and this was his first hydroponic set up. 

Police found a large amount of cannabis leaves and a slingshot in a tallboy drawer. 

Williams told police the cannabis came from his plants and he used the slingshot to shoot cans with dried dog biscuits in the backyard. 

In court yesterday Williams’ solicitor said the drugs and slingshot had no connection as was the case in many criminal matters. 

He said his client bought the slingshot from a Cessnock sports store that advertised it as a fishing device used as a bait projectile. 

As for the cannabis, Blake’s solicitor said his client had gone 30 years without a single conviction despite using the drug his entire life. 

He said his client had been co-operative with police throughout the search of his home and had pledged to give up the drug. 

Williams pleaded guilty to cultivating a prohibited plant, and also possessing a prohibited drug and weapon. 

The matters were proven without conviction and Williams was placed on a good behaviour bond for 12 months.

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