Man in massive bust in court

AN INGLEWOOD man who cultivated Queensland's biggest marijuana crop will appear in Brisbane Supreme Court today for sentencing.

Michael Bennett Gardner Snr has pleaded guilty to six charges over the haul, including producing a dangerous drug, possessing proceeds of a drug offence, possessing instructions for the production of a dangerous drug and possession of a weapon.

More than 22,000 plants - valued at more than $69 million - and an arsenal of weapons were discovered when police raided the Inglewood property in 2008.

Earlier this year, the court heard Gardner's wife and her three children were forced to tend the crops and "intimidation and violence" was used to keep the operation going.

Pumps, dams, water tanks and piping had been set up across the property to water the crop and lookout towers were in place.



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