Speed­ing trio drug bust Be­hav­iour tips off cops

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Roanne John­son roanne. john­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

A BMW in­ter­cepted speed­ing on the Bruce High­way was sub­ject to a po­lice search that un­cov­ered 55 grams of h i g h - g r a d e met h a mphet - amine af­ter traf­fic po­lice be­came sus­pi­cious of the three male oc­cu­pants.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor David Jones told the Townsville Supreme Court in front of Jus­tice Kerry Cul­li­nane this week that the car was trav­el­ling from Townsville to Cairns when it was pulled over on Fe­bru­ary 22, 2008.

‘‘ It was caught speed­ing, trav­el­ling at 137km/ h in a 100km/ h zone – not ex­actly fly­ing un­der the radar,’’ he said.

The crown said a po­lice sergeant searched the ve­hi­cle af­ter the de­meanour of the driver and two pas­sen­gers raised sus­pi­cions.

‘‘ The search re­vealed two bags of metham­phetamine found wrapped up in a shirt ( and shorts) on the back seat,’’ Mr Jones said.

The crown case al­leged both bags weighed around 27 grams – one bag of metham­phetamine was 20 per cent in pu­rity while the other was 17 per cent. There was also a set of scales in the gloves box, a pipe on the floor of the ve­hi­cle and 0.106 grams of c o c a i n e i n t h e d r i v e r s ’ w a l l e t . T h e 3 4 - y e a r - o l d driver, Luke Alan Fer­gu­son, an earth­mover from Port Dou­glas, main­tained his in­no­cence over the two bags of speed found in his car but pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing co­caine and was fined $ 250.

The court heard the old plas­tic bag in Fer­gu­son’s wall e t c o nt a i ned a l most un­trace­able amounts of the drug from a party years ago, but he was charged af­ter vol­un­teer­ing to po­lice of­fi­cers that it had once held co­caine.

The back seat pas­sen­ger, 41-year-old Townsville con­creter Carl Shane Bri­colo, pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing dan­ger­ous drugs ( metham­phetamine) and pos­sess­ing uten­sils sus­pected of be­ing used in the com­mis­sion of an of­fence. Bri­colo, who has a sig­nif­i­cant crim­i­nal his­tory in­volv­ing the per­sonal use of cannabis and had spent 74 days in pre-sen­tence cus­tody af­ter fail­ing to meet bail con­di­tions, was given seven months prison, wholly sus­pended for 12 months.

The third male and frontseat pas­sen­ger, a 24-year-old, had al­ready been sen­tenced to eight months’ jail af­ter plead­ing guilty to pos­sess­ing dan­ger­ous drugs ( metham­phetamine) when his DNA was found on one of the speed bags.

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