$1250 fine for drug offences
Sam Randal Benny appeared in court charged with two counts of possessing dangerous drugs, one of producing drugs and one each of possessing drug-related utensils and items used in the commission of crime.
At 6.20am on October 4, police executed a search warrant at an Airlie Beach address where Benny and two other people were detained.
When asked if he had anything to declare, Benny led police to his bedroom where two clip seal bags containing cannabis were found.
Police also found three cannabis seedlings and three small plants, along with cannabis seeds, two tablets determined to be ecstasy, a white substance found to be speed and various drug-related paraphernalia including a homemade water pipe and a set of scales covered in cannabis residue.
While Benny admitted ownership of the plants, he said he had no knowledge of the speed and told police he had found the ecstasy tablets on the side of the road.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist noted that Benny had no drug-related history and that the production was “fairly unsophisticated”.
He imposed a $1250 fine but no convictions were recorded.