A FORMER Nowra man who supplied more than 10 kilograms of cannabis over a four-month period has been sentenced to serve a 15-month intensive corrections order.
Joshua James Elliott, 28, now of Kent Street, Berkeley, was charged with supplying a prohibited drug and two counts of cultivating a prohibited plant.
He was found guilty in Nowra Local Court on Monday by Magistrate Dr Gabrielle Fleming, who sentenced him to 15 months’ home detention with conditions and also ordered him not to consume alcohol.
Evidence against Elliott was compiled physically and electronically under Strike Force Hyperion by the State Crime Command Drug Squad.
Officers lawfully recorded hundreds of phone calls and text messages to and from Elliott between October 2012 and February 2013, in which he used elaborate codes to distribute more than 10 kilograms of cannabis.
Police said Elliott and a co-accused also established a cannabis plantation deep within the Nowra State Forest near an old quarry off Forest Road at Comberton.
Police evidence said that an eight foot galvanised steel fence had been placed around the plantation of 19 plants, which stood one metre tall.
The plantation was being watered by an irrigation system attached to a large tank that had been brought into the area.
Police filmed the accused watering the plants. His co-accused was also arrested and charged.
In February this year police went to a property in Elder Crescent, Nowra and arrested Elliott, finding a further eight cannabis plants and $4800 in cash.