Sus­pended sen­tence for ‘dope ad­dict’

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

“YOUR ice is al­ready cracked,” Mag­is­trate Max­ine Bald­win said while sen­tenc­ing a North Bur­nett man on fresh drug charges.

Kalon Arthur Driver pleaded guilty on four charges, in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion and pro­duc­tion of dan­ger­ous drugs.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Chris El­der said cannabis plants, transformers, am­mu­ni­tion and other ma­te­ri­als were found dur­ing a search at the home of “the long-time cannabis ad­dict” in March.

In sen­tenc­ing Driver at Gayn­dah Mag­is­trates Court, Mag­is­trate Bald­win said: “Your ice is al­ready cracked; your his­tory is not good.

“A jail term is ap­pro­pri­ate (and) you’ve had sig­nif­i­cant pro­ba­tion but this has not worked.”

Mag­is­trate Bald­win said she wanted to con­sider re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion too.

Driver was sen­tenced to a two-year pro­ba­tion­ary pe­riod, with coun­selling, for three of­fences, in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of dan­ger­ous drugs and equip­ment, and hav­ing no author­ity for am­mu­ni­tion. For pro­duc­tion of drugs, Mag­is­trate Bald­win sen­tenced Driver to four months in prison, sus­pended for two years.

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