In March, Michael Bennett Gardner Sr. pleaded guilty to one count of drug trafficking. Authorities had seized 3.6 metric tons of dried marijuana as well as 22,000 marijuana plants from his property. Prosecutors estimated the street value of his grow-op to be approximately $70 million.
In addition to his marijuana, police also discovered a cache of weapons and ammunition, according to Sunshine Coast Daily.
Gardner was sentenced to 13 years in prison, but now the man is asking for more jail time. On Friday, Gardner represented himself in court and appealed his sentence, arguing that he should be jailed for at least 20 years.
He believed that the court did not recognize the “full gravity” of his marijuana yield. The court rejected his appeal and Gardner’s sentence remains 13 years.
In June, Gardner revealed that he was growing the marijuana to raise money for anti-abortion campaigns in Australia.
Whether this was an ego-trip or Gardner felt guilty and truly wanted to serve the time he felt he deserved is unclear. The court felt he provided no evidence as to why he should spend more time in prison.