Synthetic drugs land man in court
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.