A suspicious smell lead police to a grow house with 30 cannabis plants.
Kevin Clark pleaded guilty in Wanganui District Court on a charge of cultivating cannabis.
Police prosecutor Stephen Butler told the court on December 1 police were called to a nearby property on an unrelated matter. The scent of cannabis could be detected coming from Clark's home.
Under the search and surveillance act police did a search of the property and came across what was described as a "sophisticated" cannabis growing operation.
They found 30 plants and 13 seedings, they found equipment used to grow the plants, including water trays, UV lights and fans. They found gear used to dehydrate the plants along with 185 grams of dried cannabis, and a pile cannabis stalks.
In total the police found the equivalent of 1230 cigarettes worth of cannabis.
When questioned by police Clark told them he was growing a bit to help with his arthritis.
Judge David Cameron said it was obvious from the quantity that the cannabis was meant to be sold.
He ordered sentencing to take place on February 27.
- Wanganui Chronicle