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UPDATE: Australian Brothers Plede Guilty


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Two sons of a self-described "energy healer" have pleaded guilty to cultivating a $2 million hydroponic cannabis crop on Sydney's north shore.

When Aitan Mogilevsky and his brother Roni were arrested in July last year, police valued a cannabis crop - consisting of almost 1,000 plants - at an estimated $2 million.
Their mother, Gilla, and another brother, 27-year-old Uri, have also been charged with cultivating cannabis but have yet to enter pleas.

Gilla Mogilevsky, who describes herself as an energy healer and devotee of Kabbalah - a mystical branch of Judaism - is due to face a committal hearing next month.

Uri Mogilevsky has not yet entered a plea to the charge that he cultivated cannabis and his case has been adjourned until April 13.

Aitan, 25, and Roni, 23, faced Central Local Court via videolink today. Both pleaded guilty to one count of supplying cannabis and one count of knowingly taking part in cultivating a commercial quantity of the drug.

A statement of allegations tendered to court said police were tipped off by an anonymous caller in April last year.

Police investigated three adjoining houses in St Ives - one owned by Roni and Aitan, another owned by Roni and one owned by Uri.

Roni and Aitan lived with their 53-year-old mother in another adjoining house that she rented. The houses seemed empty but had air conditioners running, and investigators "detected the pungent smell of cannabis" in the area, the statement said.
A surveillance operation had detected Roni and Aitan tending and inspecting the plants, and Roni had left a garbage bin containing poor quality cannabis leaf by the road for collection.

A police raid in July last year found a total of 998 cannabis plants in various stages of growth and more than 8,500 grams of cannabis leaf in a cupboard.
The plants were cultivated using "a sophisticated hydroponics set-up" with transformers, fertilisers and ventilation and irrigation systems, the statement said.

Magistrate Brian Maloney remanded Roni and Aitan Mogilevsky in custody for sentencing at the Downing Centre District Court on April 13.

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SOURCE: Brisbane Times
AUTHOR: Kim Arlington
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