Man busted with 6.8g of ice and illegal rifle behind fridge
AN OORALEA man who was busted with 6.8 grams of ice and a rifle stashed in a hidden compartment behind his fridge will be eligible for parole next month.
Police visited 36-year-old Mitchell Zurvas's house late last year on other matters to find a coffee table full of drugs and pipes.
Zurvas kept quiet as police searched his property, and unearthed other surprises.
Police found more ice under a floor mat in his car; rifle scopes; ammunition; drug pipes; a jar of clonazepam, a high-powered anti-convulsive related to Valium; and a .22 rifle hidden in a secret compartment behind his fridge.
Zurvas claimed he used the ammunition - none of which suited to the .22 - to make resin sculptures.
He offered no explanation to police for the rifle and scopes and was frank about the drug utensils, stating they were for him to do drugs.
Mackay Magistrate Mark Nolan said Zurvas had lived a "model" life up until three years ago when a failed relationship led him to smoke ice to cope.
"In every respect your life was a model life, you hadn't come before the courts and you seemed to have good prospects," Magistrate Nolan said.
Zurvas spent seven years, up until the age of 23 as a bricklayer, before moving to the mines as a trainee operator where he has been since.
"I'm told that in early 2015, a little over three years ago now, a relationship, you were very fond of this person, that closed down and you foolishly took some methamphetamine offered to you by a friend," Magistrate Nolan said.
"Whatever you might think of that person, the word friend is not something you should use, someone who introduces someone to the toxic substance of methamphetamine is not a friend at all."
In the past three years Zurvas has been in and out of court for drug offences, including 206 days of Supreme Court- mandated time behind bars for drugs. For pleading guilty to possessing a Category H weapon, several possessing dangerous drug charges, the ammunition and utensils, Zurvas was sentenced to 18 months prison.
He has been in jail for 141 days and will be eligible for parole on August 13.