Speeding trio drug bust Behaviour tips off cops
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.