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Grow operation leads to house arrest
Beacon Star, News, Saturday, March 31, 2007
by Sarah Bissonette
PARRY SOUND - For the next while it’s to work and home again for a Seguin Township man who pleaded guilty to growing marijuana.
Robert Dove, 39, pleaded guilty to one charge of production of an illegal substance at the Parry Sound Courthouse February 1. He was sentenced March 22.
Last summer, West Parry Sound OPP found 45 plants growing in Mr. Dove’s backyard with a street value of $46,000, the court heard at the sentencing hearing last week.
“The accused was in the cultivation of marijuana, at least in part, to make money,” said federal Crown attorney David Holmes.
Mr. Dove’s lawyer, Michael Thurston, described him to the court as a hard-working and dependable man who can rub people the wrong way.
Justice Lawrence Klein agreed with the joint submission, put to him by Mr. Thurston and the federal Crown, that Mr. Dove be fined $5,000 on top of a three-month conditional sentence.
“I have to say to the community, ‘grow operations are something we won’t allow to flourish in this area,’” said Mr. Klein.
For the next three months, Mr. Dove must stay in his home except to go to work and for four hours on Sundays.
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