Magistrate warns about drugs
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.