Repeat drug offender on probation
TROY Ronald Fursman, who came before Gympie Magistrates Court on drug charges this week, asked if he could do a one-day drug rehabilitation workshop as part of his punishment.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns did not oppose his application but said she did not know what difference it would make – “if any at all” – considering it was his sixth appearance before the court for drugs.
This time, Fursman, 44, was charged for possession of dangerous drugs, restricted drugs (two Ritalin pills and an opiate substitute), a pipe that had been used to smoke cannabis and glassware used to produce dangerous drugs.
The court heard Fursman had half a gram of cannabis in his possession at his Oyster Parade, Tin Can Bay home when police searched the premises on March 15. He also had an amount of glassware used in connection with a dangerous drug, which he said he had found and kept, not used.
“Given Fursman’s long history of involvement with drugs, fines are too lenient,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said and added that she was prepared to order that he attend the drug rehabilitation workshop for two of the charges involving cannabis. For the other two charges Fursman was placed on probation for six months.