Mag­is­trate warns of drug dan­ger

Mansfield Courier - - Opinions/People -

ON Septem­ber 16, 2018, a man was trav­el­ling west along Ma­roon­dah High­way when he was pulled over by po­lice.

The ac­cused pro­duced his li­cence, and upon re­quest shortly af­ter, he gave an oral fluid sam­ple.

The re­sults came back show­ing that he had re­cently con­sumed am­phet­a­mine.

The man con­fessed to hav­ing used the drug a day ear­lier.

It was also al­leged that the man was a past ice user, back in 2017.

“Get off it,” Mag­is­trate John Mur­phy said, re­fer­ring not only to the man but also to the mem­bers of the pub­lic in the court­house.

“I can’t em­pha­sise it enough – it’s a so­ci­etal is­sue, and it doesn’t dis­crim­i­nate vic­tims.”

The man re­ceived a $750 fine, along with a statu­tory cost of $842 and a li­cence sus­pen­sion for 12 months.

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