Drug crop and heavy machinery a dangerous mix

AN EARTH-moving business operator who grew a crop of marijuana for his own use has been criticised for setting a bad example to his staff.

Police found 16 marijuana plants growing in pots at Samuel James Fraser's 20-acre Chevallum property.

Yesterday in Maroochydore Magistrates Court Fraser, 30, pleaded guilty to producing and possessing dangerous drugs and possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with a drug offence.

The court heard Fraser admitted he smoked the drug on the weekend but was concerned the revelation he was growing drugs could affect his business and his position in the community.

Magistrate Rod Madsen asked Fraser how he would feel if one of his employees was operating machinery while affected by a drug, and was killed.

"Fifteen employees, no doubt some of the equipment that you're operating or supplying to people is very expensive; if not operated properly it can have tragic consequences for people," he said.

"You should know a lot better. You clearly can behave a lot better.

"You're clearly a man of some substance and ability; hopefully this is a wake-up call."

He fined Fraser $3500 for producing dangerous drugs, $500 for possessing drugs and $500 for having property used in connection with growing the drugs.

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