Busted with drugs

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A JU­BILEE Pocket man has re­ceived an ex­tended prison term af­ter plead­ing guilty to mul­ti­ple drug charges in court on Mon­day.

The court heard how on April 21 at 5.05pm, po­lice stopped Steven Fred­er­ick Lawler, 41, and an­other man while they were leav­ing a Ju­bilee Pocket home.

Pros­e­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger said of­fi­cers found a num­ber of MDMA caps on the pair, leav­ing them with enough rea­son to search the home.

Lawler in­formed of­fi­cers of drugs and uten­sils in­side.

Upon in­spec­tion of the home, of­fi­cers found mar­i­juana and a pipe in­side a black case, straws mod­i­fied as scoops, pipes, a small trea­sure chest con­tain­ing 2.7g of mar­i­juana, six blue tablets al­legedly Vi­a­gra, one or­ange tablet al­legedly Val­ium and a clip seal bag con­tain­ing 0.1g of ice.

Lawler ad­mit­ted to not hav­ing a pre­scrip­tion for Val­ium or Vi­a­gra as well as to us­ing the drug uten­sils and tak­ing ice, to which he said he was ad­dicted.

On April 30 at 6.35pm, Lawler and an­other man were con­fronted at a Can­non­vale home, where an­other search was con­ducted.

In­side, of­fi­cers found a glass pipe, more than 0.8g of meth, mar­i­juana and Cialis, for which Lawler did not have a pre­scrip­tion.

Lawler said he knew what the Cialis was but it did not be­long to him.

Duty lawyer Cleo Re­wald said Lawler was co­op­er­a­tive with po­lice on both oc­ca­sions.

With re­spect to the charges on April 30, Ms Re­wald said although he knew the drugs and uten­sils were in the home, they did not all be­long to him.

Ap­pear­ing via video link from prison, Lawler pleaded guilty and was sen­tenced to six months im­pris­on­ment, with 37 days de­clared served. A pa­role re­lease date of July 28 was set.

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