In a bizarre arrest, Victoria Police have arrested a man running a cannabis seeds business from his mother’s house.
Despite being otherwise unemployed, a 29-year-old father of three, was allegedly running a successful cannabis seeds business in his mothers Hurstbridge home. Last week, his mother’s home was raided, and he was charged with trafficking cannabis while on a community corrections order.
After being taken into custody at Eltham Police station, he made a bizarre request. Instead of contacting his lawyer, he called his Mum and asked her to take responsibility for the cannabis.
Unfortunately, his professional approach to his pot business betrayed him. When police raided his mothers home, they found business paraphernalia that identified him, including business cards, posters, packaging, a label printer and stickers.
Apparently, he was selling under the name ‘Bees Knees Genetics’ and was marketing himself through Instagram.
Before being privated, his business account had nearly 3,400 followers and claimed to ship worldwide. However, Leading Senior Constable Andrew Wiliams told the Herald Sun that he was only selling seeds nationwide, with the exception of Western Australia, as his seeds were identified at the border.
Police allege he also had a detailed client list, with tracking numbers marking packages he had posted and thousands of hemp seeds filed with names and dates in his Mum’s home. Police also seized 100grams of cannabis valued between $1,500 and $2,000.
When the man appeared before Magistrate Jennifer Tregent, she was surprised he wasn’t charged with obtaining financial advantage by deception. As he was allegedly sourcing 1kg of seeds for $20.99, then selling six seeds for $50, plus $10 shipping.
Although all seeds were identical, they were branded as either ‘Cream Berry Cake’ and ‘The Cake’. In court, the man defended himself by arguing that it wasn’t illegal to sell the seeds as a collector’s item. However, he had advertised ‘The Cake’ as:
An extremely rare hybrid strain that will loosen your tongue and your laughter.
After his July 22nd court appearance, he was granted bail with a nightly curfew. He is due back in Heidelberg Magistrates Court later this year and is currently facing a range of charges, including the cultivation of cannabis.