Caffeine pills sold as ecstasy tablets
A YOUNG couple has been caught out selling caffeine pills off as ecstasy to buyers who believed they were party drugs.
Even though the tablets did not contain illicit substances the pair have still been charged as legitimate narcotics suppliers under the Drugs Misuse Act 1986.
Leon Matiu Hikawai Suckling, a 2 4 - y e a r - o l d e l e c t r i c i a n , pleaded guilty yesterday in the Townsville Supreme Court to three counts of supplying a dangerous drug and one count of using a mobile phone in the commission of a crime.
The defendant’s de facto partn e r , s t a y - a t - h o m e m o t h e r Tacita-Lee Haldane Horman, will appear on May 30 in the same court to face charges of supplying and possessing a dangerous drug.
C r o wn p r o s e c u t o r C l a i r e McKinnon s a i d Townsvill e police raided the Ross River Rd BUSTED: Leon Matiu Hikawai Suckling and Tacita-Lee Haldane Horman leaving court yesterday property of Suckling and his 20-year-old partner in Cranbrook on May 22, 2010.
Around 95 tablets were found and the defendant admitted he purchased the batch in the belief they were the real deal, containing MDMA.
A mobile phone was found with text messages about the supply of 10 pills for $ 25 on three occasions from April 9 to May 2 2 . Defence barrister Greg Lynham compared Suckling’s matter to a grass clippings case where an offender was sentenced for selling off the trimmings of his lawn as cannabis.
‘‘ My client thought he was selling ecstasy and was charged accordingly,’’ Mr Lynham said.
Justice Kerry Cullinane said the case was unusual but gave Suckling a 12-month jail term, wholly suspended, explaining that he was still guilty even if, unbeknownst to him, the pills weren’t authentic.
However the judge said he was u n c e r t a i n h o w S u c k l i n g ’ s buyers were fooled into thinking they were purchasing ecstasy then returned time and time again for the caffeine tablets.
‘‘ It’s a bit surprising he can supply 10 pills on April 9, another 10 on May 21 and then the very next day they come back for another 10 . . . ,’’ Judge Cullinane said.
Acting officer-in-charge of the Northern Region Drug Squad, A c t i n g D e t e c t i v e S e n i o r - S e r g e a n t Br a d P h e l p s , e x - plained after the sentence that fake drug deals could be hard to detect for buyers.
‘‘ The pills look like ecstasy but only contain caffeine and a cutting agent,’’ Act-Det Sen-Sgt Phelps said.
However he warned that a person selling drugs, regardless of their authenticity, would be committing a drug offence.