$1200 fine for drug offences
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.