A PARREARA man was the "groundskeeper” at a Bundaberg property which was the subject of a $700,000 drug bust.
Andrew John Vreconka was paid $10 an hour in a role which earned him a $3000 fine in the Maroochydore District Court this morning.
Vreconka was one of three men arrested after police executed a search warrant on a large rural property at Lowmead, near Bundaberg, on October 13 last year.
At the time, police said they found 370 cannabis plants ranging from seedlings to mature plants and 20kg of dried cannabis.
The court was told Vreconka was carrying a container and running towards the rear of the property as police arrived.
He was found to have just over 2kg of low-grade cannabis and a stainless steel bowl of high grade cannabis in his possession.
The court heard told Vreconka, 52, had smoked cannabis since he was 15, using it to cope with the effects of being assaulted by a neighbour, but stopped at the time he was charged.
He was now working as renderer.
Vreconka, who had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to producing a dangerous drug and possession of a dangerous drug.
"You have capacity to pay a fine and it seems to me to be the most appropriate way to deal with you,” Judge Gary Long said.
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