Tourist caught growing 19 cannabis plants at Gatton homePosted by On


A HORTICULTURE worker has landed in hot water after he was caught “exploring his skills” at his home in Gatton.

Tai-yu Chiu, 28, told police he had acquired marijuana seeds during a trip to Nimbin, when they found nearly 20 marijuana plants growing under his care.

Gatton Magistrates Court heard police had been called to Chiu’s home about 9am, June 28, on King’s Crescent, Gatton.

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Police prosecutor Rohan Brewster-Webb said while police were on the property, they noticed a growhouse in which, marijuana plants were growing.

“Police noticed electrical cables coming from a power source in the house and going out to the growhouse,” Mr Brewster-Webb said.

“They noticed an extractor fan hooked up to the outside of the growhouse – this is consistent with drug production.”

Inside, police saw six marijuana plants and 13 cannabis seedlings, along with heat lamp, two grow boxes, pots and seedling trays.

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