50yo smoked weed in Mary St, 23yo caught with cocaine
A GYMPIE man who attempted to hide marijuana when he was caught smoking behind a Mary Street business tried to tell police it was tobacco and gave a false address.
On August 8 police responded to a call about a drug offence, and on the loading bay of a Mary Street business they found Thomas Arthur Ward, 50, with a homemade pipe and container of marijuana.
Police saw Ward try to hide a plastic pot containing marijuana as they approached him, and found burnt traces of the drug in the bowl of the pipe.
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Police could smell the marijuana, but when asked Ward tried to tell them he was smoking tobacco and then gave them a fake address, the court heard.
Ward, who is on a suspended sentence for unrelated offences, was charged with possession of marijuana and possessing a water pipe and scissors, and pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court this week.
Ward said he was unaware he was on a suspended sentence, and that he was trying to get his life back together.
“It was a stupid thing to do. I was stressed out at the time,” he said.
“It’s my way of unwinding, I didn’t have another way sometimes.”
Ward was convicted and fined $1500 and his suspended sentence was extended by a year.
“There’s no excuses for reoffending. If you reoffend you’ll be packing your bags,” the magistrate said.
A 23-year-old Gympie man was also in court for drug possession after police found half a gram of cocaine in his jacket.
On May 31, Jack Taylor Dean was charged with unlawful possession of cocaine after police were called to a house he was at.
A resident tipped police off about a drug offence, and when they arrived the resident showed them to the backyard where they found Dean, who had a clip seal bag with 0.5g of cocaine in his jacket.
Dean pleaded guilty to possession and was ordered to attend a drug diversion session, and placed on a $500 good behaviour bond for four months.
No conviction was recorded against Dean.