Drug plot was all in the family
THE son of the mastermind behind the massive Inglewood drug bust from 2008 will be released from jail in December after serving a 12-month sentence.
Michael Bennett Gardner Jnr was sentenced to five years jail in December last year for his part in the operation, but the balance of the sentence will be suspended after his release.
Gardner Jnr, who was 31 at the time of sentencing, pleaded guilty to charges including producing a dangerous drug, possessing proceeds of a drug offence and possession of an unlicensed weapon.
He had already served 169 days in pre-sentence custody.
The Supreme Court heard the 31-year-old was a labourer on the property and was involved in planting, harvesting and packaging the drugs.
He was paid a paltry $25,000 for his involvement in the scheme between June 2004 and July 2008.
Gardner Jnr's sister Rosemary is due to be sentenced in August for her role in the offences and several others who played a minor role in the form of "crop-sitting" are yet to be dealt with.
The sentences handed out so far to Gardner Snr and Jnr follow a complex round of Magistrates Court proceedings, committal hearings and Supreme Court appearances.
The father and son team made their very first court appearance in the dock of the Warwick Magistrates Court on July 6, 2008.
Michael Bennett Gardner Snr
Production and trafficking of a dangerous drug and possession of proceeds
Michael Bennett Gardner Jnr
Production of a dangerous drug; possessing the proceeds of drug-related offending; weapons offences
Due to be sentenced in August for her role