Cases adjourned for drug accused

TWO men arrested and charged in the same week for allegedly cultivating cannabis will again appear before court next month.

Joshua Jack Clarke, 25, and Benjamin Adrian Pugh, 29, have been held in custody since their arrests in the same 24- hour period last November.

Clarke is alleged to have been involved in the cultivation of more than $4 million worth of cannabis on an Oallen Ford Road property on November 8 last year.

Police claim to have discovered more than 2000 cannabis plants being hydroponically grown inside a shed and in an underground bunker. On Wednesday he appeared at Goulburn Local Court via audio visual link from Sydney’s Long Bay Jail.

His case was adjourned until February 13 while police serve another brief of evidence.

Not 24 hours after Clarke’s arrest, police apprehended Pugh from a Goldsmith Street address and seized more than 100 cannabis plants. He was charged with cultivating a prohibited plant, possessing a prohibited plant and the enhanced indoor cultivation of a prohibited plant for commercial purposes.

In court on Wednesday, his solicitor Jessica Clarke informed Magistrate Mark Richardson her client wished to plead guilty to the first charge.

The hearing is adjourned until a later date so a pre-sentencing report can be finalised.

“So far as your position goes, Mr Pugh, I’ve ordered a pre-sentence report,” Magistrate Richardson told the accused.

“Your matter will be dealt with before Goulburn District Court at a date to be advised.”