Bush raver’s il­licit stash

Gas mask at­tached to wa­ter pipe among drug items

The Morning Bulletin - - ON THE RECORD - KERRI-ANNE MESNER kerri-anne.mesner@cap­news.com.au

AN UN­EM­PLOYED man ac­quired a stash of drugs and para­pher­na­lia “for a bush rave” that shocked a mag­is­trate into be­liev­ing there was more to his story.

Jay­den Roach, 20, pleaded guilty in Rock­hamp­ton Mag­is­trates Court on Wed­nes­day to two drug pos­ses­sion charges and one charge over drug uten­sils.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Shayne Stud­dert said po­lice at­tended a Men­zies St, Rock­hamp­ton, ad­dress about other mat­ters.

He said they could smell mar­i­juana and Roach con­sented to them search­ing the prop­erty.

Po­lice found 22.03g of mar­i­juana, four seeds and 1.25g of MDMA.

They also found five glass pipes, elec­tric scales, an elec­tric grinder, two bowls, scis­sors and a gas mask at­tached to a wa­ter pipe used to smoke mar­i­juana.

The court heard Roach had been out of work for two months and liv­ing with his girl­friend when he was busted with the drugs.

He told po­lice he had saved up the money to buy the gear for the pur­pose of us­ing it at a bush rave.

“If some­one is go­ing to those ef­forts to ac­quire all of that para­pher­na­lia, it in­di­cates to me there is a prob­lem here,” mag­is­trate Cameron Press said.

As it was Roach’s first drug of­fence be­fore court, his le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sa­man­tha Le­grady sub­mit­ted the ap­pro­pri­ate penalty was drug di­ver­sion.

“One bout of ed­u­ca­tion is not go­ing to be enough for this de­fen­dant,” Mr Press replied.

He sen­tenced Roach to a nine-month pro­ba­tion or­der and no con­vic­tion was recorded.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

Jay­den Roach, 20, pleaded guilty to drug charges.

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