$1200 fine for drug of­fences

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A 31-YEAR-OLD Proser­pine man de­scribed as a “ha­bit­ual drug user” has been fined $1200.

Caleb Luke Jones ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day, charged with pos­sess­ing cannabis and a con­trolled drug, as well as pos­sess­ing drug-re­lated uten­sils and items used in the com­mis­sion of crime.

At 4.45pm on July 30, po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at Jones’ Proser­pine ad­dress, find­ing a small amount of chopped cannabis in a bowl, a home­made wa­ter pipe, a spoon con­tain­ing rem­nants of Oxy­con­tin and an elec­tric grinder. There was also a used pipe that Jones de­nied be­longed to him.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said Jones’ Sam­sung mo­bile phone con­tained mes­sages con­sis­tent with the sup­ply of dan­ger­ous drugs and was seized. Duty lawyer Lach­lan Ygoa-McKe­own ad­mit­ted Jones had a his­tory of sim­i­lar of­fend­ing and was pre­vi­ously a ha­bit­ual drug user, who be­gan us­ing cannabis at a fairly young age.

Mr Ygoa-McKe­own said since com­ing to the Whit­sun­days, Jones had fallen in with a crowd who had ac­cess to drugs, but that his friend base had now changed.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said Jones had com­mit­ted th­ese lat­est of­fences just days after be­ing placed on a good be­hav­iour bond and with the ben­e­fit of hav­ing pre­vi­ously be­ing of­fered drug di­ver­sion.

In ad­di­tion to the fine, the $440 bond was de­clared for­feit and Jones was or­dered to pay that amount.

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