‘Sig­nif­i­cant amount’ of con­tra­band

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

A MIDGE Point man who was found with what Proser­pine mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist re­ferred to as “a sig­nif­i­cant amount of con­tra­band”, has been placed on pro­ba­tion for the next 12 months.

Steven Boyd Ward at­tended the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day and pleaded guilty to two counts of pos­sess­ing drugs and one each of pro­duc­ing drugs, pos­sess­ing re­stricted drugs and pos­sess­ing uten­sils and items used in the com­mis­sion of crime. At 7.55am on Oc­to­ber 8, po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at Ward’s Midge Point ad­dress, where 186.6g of cannabis and three, 10cm tall cannabis plants were found.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said the plants were grow­ing in the yard and the cannabis was sep­a­rated into clip seal bags in Ward’s bed­room.

An elec­tric and man­ual grinder, both con­tain­ing cannabis residue, a glass pipe and 0.4g of methyl am­phet­a­mine were also found, along with four, 25mg cap­sules of a re­stricted drug used as an an­ti­his­tamine and with “strong seda­tive prop­er­ties”.

Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade said the 33-year-old freely ad­mit­ted drugs weren’t go­ing to do any­thing for him.

De­spite mak­ing the pro­ba­tion or­der, mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist chose not to record con­vic­tions. He also or­dered that a small sil­ver tin, with sen­ti­men­tal value, be re­turned to Ward.

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