$1250 fine for drug of­fences

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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