Mag­is­trate warns about drugs

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

TWO 17-year-olds cel­e­brat­ing the end of school have been warned about the wider con­se­quences of tak­ing drugs.

Travis John Davis and Rowan Wil­liam Goltz found them­selves in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day charged with of­fences re­lat­ing to the un­law­ful pos­ses­sion, dis­pen­sa­tion and sup­ply of con­trolled drugs.

Davis, a lo­cal school-leaver, was the reg­is­tered owner of a ve­hi­cle in­ter­cepted by po­lice on Water­son Way at 10.30pm on Novem­ber 16.

The ve­hi­cle was searched and a num­ber of tablets as­so­ci­ated with sleep con­di­tions were found.

Davis and one of his pas­sen­gers, Mackay-based ap­pren­tice Goltz, were sub­se­quently ar­rested.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells said po­lice sus­pected Goltz of sup­ply­ing drugs and checked through text mes­sages on his mo­bile phone.

Goltz ad­mit­ted sup­ply­ing one per­son known as ‘Trog’ with cannabis, as well as sup­ply­ing four other peo­ple with quanti- ties of the 80 pre­scrip­tion-only tablets he had bought online for $200.

Mean­while Davis told po­lice he bought 10 of the tablets for $50 at 2.30pm that day. He said he con­sumed two of them and sold the rest for $40 at 7.30pm. He told po­lice he knew the drug could be pur­chased over the in­ter­net and he there­fore be­lieved it was le­gal.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist told Goltz to imag­ine be­ing charged with man­slaugh­ter be­cause one of his friends had died af­ter suf­fer­ing a re­ac­tion from the pre­scrip­tion-only drug he sup­plied.

“It all seems like a good idea un­til some­one gets hurt,” Mr St­jern­qvist said.

Mr St­jern­qvist told Davis that he too needed to “look at the big­ger pic­ture” when it came to tak­ing drugs.

“There’s more to it than just go­ing out and putting some­thing in your sys­tem the ef­fects of which you don’t know,” he said.

Goltz was fined $660 and Davis re­ceived a $550 fine. Con­vic­tions were not recorded on ei­ther count.

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