Penalties for drug offenders

A COOLOOLA Cove man was placed on good behaviour for three months yesterday after pleading guilty to possessing cannabis, and scissors and cigarette papers used in conjunction with smoking cannabis.

Che Koskela, 38, will participate in drug diversion therapy. He entered into the good behaviour bond on a $400 recognisance.

Kenneth Roy Krueger, 36, of Maryborough, was fined $150 and disqualified from driving for a month after pleading guilty to driving at Cooloola Cove while he had an illegal drug in his system.

Gympie Magistrates Court heard Krueger suffered from sleep apnoea and had trouble getting to sleep because of the machine he now had to use to combat the apnoea.

Smoking cannabis at night helped him sleep, he said.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said Krueger needed to choose between smoking the cannabis and driving, because the cannabis stayed in his system for a long time.

He was given a roadside saliva test by police on Marco Polo Dr at Cooloola Cove on January 24.

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