The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports…..

A north Queensland court has heard how some members of a “close-knit small family group” from Mackay grew more than 8,000 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of $20 million.

Appearing in the District Court in Mackay today, Anthony Lindsay, 38, pleaded guilty to a raft of charges including producing and trafficking drugs.

He was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison and will be eligible for parole in March next year, given time served since his arrest.

“I should have known it was a stupid thing to do,” the father of three told the court.

“I really regret everything I’ve done, I’ve hurt my family, I’ve hurt myself and my friends.”

The court heard the 38-year-old was involved in cultivating the large-scale crop at Calen, north of Mackay, between November 2018 and May 2019, when he was arrested.

Police discovered the crop as part of an investigation into drug trafficking in the region.

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