Teen caught in drug mail order
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.”