Teen charged with drug offences

HEARING that a teenager charged with drug offences had been living at a “notorious” Gympie address sent alarm bells off for Magistrate Maxine Baldwin.

Elizabeth Marie Burns, 19, had been staying at a Station Road house for about a month when it was raided by police on May 29 and equipment and chemicals used for an illicit drug lab were found on the premises.

A resident was taken into custody and further charges were laid against Burns for possessing 145grams of cannabis and on her own admission, she was also charged with supplying the dangerous drug.

Burns told police officers she gave cannabis to her friends but didn’t collect any money for it.

“That’s still essentially supplying them with the drug,” Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said. Defence solicitor Keith Mortensen said Burns had “unfortunately come back to stay at a house notoriously known for (drugs)”.

“It’s unfortunate you got involved with people at that address,” Mrs Baldwin said and added that alarm bells rang every time that address was mentioned in court. Burns was placed on an ICO for six months.

Gympie Times


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