Syn­thetic drugs land man in court

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A PROSER­PINE man who bought syn­thetic cannabis from a shop in Mackay found him­self in court on Mon­day.

Ed­ward An­drew Faust pleaded guilty to charges of pos­sess­ing danger­ous drugs and drug-re­lated uten­sils.

At 9.40pm on April 13, po­lice no­ticed Faust in a ve­hi­cle parked out­side the Cal­tex ser­vice sta­tion in Proser­pine. On search­ing the ve­hi­cle they found a clip seal bag con­tain­ing green leafy ma­te­rial and a plas­tic milk bot­tle fit­ted with a hose piece that was still smok­ing.

Faust told po­lice the green leafy ma­te­rial, weigh­ing 1.3g, was syn­thetic mar­i­juana.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells said the sub­stance, some­times re­ferred to as ‘Kronic’ was now classed as a danger­ous drug.

Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade said Faust be­lieved the sub­stance was le­gal hav­ing only just pur­chased it over the counter that day.

“He bought it in a shop,” she said.

“There was no in­ten­tion on his part to buy drugs il­le­gally.”

Mag­is­trate Ron Muir­head im­posed one fine of $600 for both of­fences, but agreed not to record a con­vic­tion due to the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing how the charges arose.

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