Verdict spins out wedding DJ
Unhappy ending for man convicted for supplying drug
A WEDDING DJ has a suspended prison sentence hanging over his head after he was convicted of supplying cannabis.
Cameron Paul Currey told Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday he “didn’t realise it was a dangerous drug” after being charged with possessing, producing and supplying a dangerous drug and possessing a pipe used to smoke a dangerous drug, as well as possession of a phone used in connection with a drug offence.
The court heard how Whitsunday CBI executed a search warrant at a home in Jubilee Pocket at 2.35pm on July 21.
“The defendant was not present,” police prosecutor Senior Constable Hannah Beard said. “Police found 68 grams of cannabis wrapped in foil, inside a clip-seal bag in a pillow case in the bedroom, as well as a wooden pipe, and in a second bedroom they found a mobile phone that used to be the defendant’s.
“They were just leaving when the defendant returned home and he went with them voluntarily to the police station. On the phone was a text message from February 2016 and the defendant had supplied someone with $50 of cannabis. When interviewed he admitted supplying the person with three grams, which they halved.”
Currey told the court he was a “hard-working member of society with high anxiety”.
“I DJ at weddings. Going forward I’ve got new employment and I have made changes in my habits,” he said.
“I’ve stopped smoking and removed all items from my household. I am not a drug dealer.”
Magistrate Simon Young did not agree.
“You are a drug dealer – it might have been only once and a few years ago but you supplied it for money and that’s drug dealing,” he said.
“This whole denial thing is concerning – I need to know why I shouldn’t send you to jail today. It’s a small amount and you have co-operated with the police but this is a serious offence, albeit a first offence.”
Mr Currey said he had changed.
“I would like to take ownership of my mistake and would like the court to help me do so and return to the community.”
Mr Young said he was satisfied the possession was for personal use but he was “not prepared to overlook the supply” and sentenced Currey to three months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months with a conviction recorded.
He also fined him $1000 for possessing the utensil and phone.