The Chronicle

Driver in drug bust


A WESTERN Downs solar farm worker has faced court after he was busted driving with a drug stash in his car twice within a few days, racking up a string of charges.

Michele Calamela was first nabbed on August 31 when police pulled him over in a random intercept, noting the man smelled strongly of marijuana.

Police prosecutor Derek Brady told Chinchilla Magistrate­s Court that officers searched Calamela’s car and discovered small quantities of both marijuana and ketamine.

It was only a week later that the 28-year-old was pulled up at a static RBT in the Gympie region, where police again located a small amount of marijuana and a grinder.

Duty lawyer Jessica Hine told the court the Italian-born man had been travelling Australia for the past three years.

“It’s important to note that all (drugs) located were for personal use,” she said.

Calamela pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs and possessing a drug utensil.

He was fined $350, place on a three-month good behaviour bond, and ordered to complete a drug diversion program. No conviction was recorded.

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