Preliminary hearing set for 73-year-old accused of growing 485 cannabis plants
Lawrence Leger of Pointe-du-Chêne returns to court in April on charge related to alleged grow-op
A 73-year-old man arrested after police allegedly found 485 pot plants growing in a Pointe-du-Chêne house made a brief court appearance Tuesday on a charge of producing cannabis.
The court was told Lawrence Leger has hired a lawyer, who was not present in court.
- 73-year-old accused of growing 485 cannabis plants gets delay in case
- 73-year-old man faces pot charge after 485 cannabis plants discovered
Duty counsel Lise Landry said Leger chose trial by judge alone in Court of Queen's Bench. He did not enter a plea.
The Crown offered to hold the preliminary hearing on Jan. 22, but Leger asked for a date in April.
He told Judge Paul Duffie, he needed time to pay for the lawyer with his old age pension.
The judge noted the Crown was ready to proceed in January but agreed to put the matter off until April.
The preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 8.
On April 28, police went to the scene of a house fire in Pointe-du-Chêne, near Shediac, where they uncovered what they described as a "multi-stage marijuana grow operation."
Leger was arrested by RCMP after they executed a search warrant.