The 50-year-old was busted smoking marijuana from a homemade bong behind a Mary St business earlier this year. File photo
The 50-year-old was busted smoking marijuana from a homemade bong behind a Mary St business earlier this year. File photo

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.

Gympie Times


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