A FORMER New South Wales crook caught growing 57 cannabis plants at Allansford has been ordered to complete 175 hours of community work.
Ian Anthony Willis, 37, of Woodstack Lane, Allansford, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to two counts of unlicensed driving and single charges of drink-driving, using an unregistered vehicle, riding a motorcycle without a helmet, cultivating cannabis, possessing cannabis and possessing a prohibited weapon.
He was convicted, fined $2750 and placed on a 15-month community corrections order with conditions he complete 175 hours of community work and assessment and treatment as required.
Police executed a search warrant at Allansford’s Woodstack Lane on August 2, where they found 57 semi-mature cannabis plants, ranging between 10cm and 35cm tall, and a number of others items used to promote plant growth. A slingshot was also found.
Willis made full admissions to cultivating the plants.
On July 27 a police officer saw Willis riding an unregistered Yamaha 80cc motorbike on Allansford’s Ziegler Parade without a helmet. Willis produced a boat licence. He soon after recorded an alcohol reading of .076.
On January 30 Willis was intercepted driving while unlicensed in Warrnambool.
Willis has prior convictions in NSW, including two for cultivating cannabis.