Teen caught in drug mail or­der

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH lucy. smith@ news. com. au

A TOWNSVILLE teenager has faced court af­ter his plan to buy half a kilo­gram of mar­i­juana on­line was foiled by Aus­tralia Post.

Kir­wan Post Of­fice staff re­ported a sus­pi­cious par­cel to po­lice on Novem­ber 25 last year.

Of­fi­cers found 454g, or a pound, of mar­i­juana in­side and went to the in­tended re­cip­i­ent’s ad­dress.

Jai­dyn Craig Mor­ris, then 18, was at the Kelso home.

Mor­ris pleaded guilty in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court to at­tempt­ing to pos­sess a dan­ger­ous drug, three counts of sup­ply­ing drugs and three other drug crimes.

Prose­cu­tor Dar­ryn Cas­son said when po­lice ar­rived at Mor­ris’s home, he de­clared there was a small amount of mar­i­juana in his room.

They found 2g of mar­i­juana, three mo­bile phones, a vac­uum bag con­tain­ing mar­i­juana rem­nants, dig­i­tal scales, a cone piece, $ 1100 in cash and scis­sors.

Mor­ris was ar­rested and in­ter­viewed by po­lice. His mes­sages were read by po­lice and re­vealed he had sup­plied drugs to three dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

“Mes­sages be­tween the de­fen­dant and ( an­other per­son) on Novem­ber 11, 2016, in­cluded the term ‘ let’s have a sesh up to­gether’. That is a term that com­monly refers to smok­ing cannabis,” Mr Cas­son said. Mr Cas­son said Mor­ris made “full and frank ad­mis­sions to po­lice” about hav­ing or­dered the mar­i­juana on­line two days prior.

“The de­fen­dant stated it was the first time he had at­tempted to re­ceive cannabis by mail,” he said.

“The de­fen­dant stated he in­tended to smoke all of it as he stated he was a big smoker.”

Mr Cas­son said they were “fairly se­ri­ous of­fences” but pro­ba­tion was ap­pro­pri­ate as Mor­ris was young and had no crim­i­nal his­tory.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Har­vey Wal­ters said Mor­ris was un­em­ployed and had lived with his grand­mother since his par­ents moved to Mag­netic Is­land.

“The fam­ily is very im- pressed in the help he gives her. She’s 78 years of age. He does all the gar­den­ing, he does the mow­ing, he cleans, he puts out the rub­bish,” he said.

Mr Wal­ters said Mor­ris hoped to work in fly- in fly- out min­ing and asked the mag­is­trate to not record a con­vic­tion.

Mag­is­trate Cathy Wadley sen­tenced Mor­ris to nine months on pro­ba­tion, with no con­vic­tion recorded.

“( It’s) very se­ri­ous con­duct ... there is prom­ise, though, for your fu­ture. You’re only a young man,” she said.

“What you need to do is ad­dress this con­duct.

“I’m told you’re a heavy smoker – you can’t work at the mines if you’re a heavy smoker. There’s a reg­i­men of test­ing.”

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