Getaway ends in drug penalties
Two Lakelands men on their way down south for the “weekend away of all weekends away” when police caught them with 42 ecstasy pills have been fined and refused spent convictions.
Corey Bryce Rozario, 28, and Storm Sheldon Spencer, 23, were pulled over by police on Forrest Highway in Parkfield on May 11 when a search of their car uncovered the drugs.
Both appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Thursday when they pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited drug with intent to supply
Representing both men, defence lawyer Michelle Cox said the pair bought the pills from “a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend” and the drugs were for themselves with “no intention to involve anyone else”.
Ms Cox said Rozario and Spencer were on their way to a weekend getaway with friends down south, describing it as what they hoped would be the weekend away of all weekends away.
She said there was no excuse for their “ridiculous” and self-indulgent behaviour and that it was sheer stupidity from two men who had no criminal history.
Rozario and Spencer provided reference letters and reports to the court, including pathology results of urinalyses testing showing both were “not usual drug users”.
Ms Cox argued that both men were entitled to spent convictions given the “minimal” likelihood of them re-offending and the adverse effects on future employment.
Police prosecutor Sgt Barry Phelps responded that while he accepted both men were of previous good character, the amount of drugs was significant and he was concerned about their weekend away plans and the harm that could have occurred.
Magistrate Leanne Atkins agreed saying it was a considerable amount of drugs for a “weekend away” and she was not convinced criminal convictions would be detrimental.
Magistrate Atkins said while both men had “glowing references” and had been keeping their “noses clean generally”, they were “far from trivial offences”.
Rozario and Spencer were fined $2000 each and ordered to pay costs of $205.30.