'Found the bong': Noise complaint tradie's downfall
POLICE investigating a routine noise complaint busted a Bucasia man in the midst of smoking a bong.
Chode Craig Dunnett frantically tried to stash the drug utensil, to no avail, eventually handing it over to police after concealing it behind his back.
However, when the 21-year-old faced court he claimed he had been cleaning up after a party and was simply collecting the makeshift plastic device.
Not surprisingly, Magistrate Damien Dwyer was rather sceptical.
Dunnett faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to possessing used drug utensils or pipes on December 10 at Bucasia.
Prosecutor Shelby Larcombe provided the facts.
"Police pulled into the driveway of the dwelling and observed a gathering of people sitting around a table in an open garage ... ," she said.
"Police observed the defendant holding a plastic bottle to his mouth and observed smoke being drawn from the plastic bottle being inhaled by the defendant.
"The defendant hastily attempted to conceal the object behind his back. Upon entering the garage police were able to observe a strong aroma of burnt cannabis."
Defence solicitor Chris Colwill said his client, an apprentice boilermaker, instructed him he "was cleaning up and found the bong".
"He doesn't partake in any cannabis use, but he was aware that cannabis was being smoked there," he said.
Mr Dwyer took into account an early plea and advised Dunnett to "stay away from drugs completely and you won't have to come and see me".
"If for some reason you're cleaning up again and you find more drugs then things will get much more severe from here on in," he warned.
Dunnett has to be of good behaviour for four months, or he'll forfeit $450, and he must attend a drug education session.