This could be Queensland's dumbest crook
A SUPREME court judge says it would almost be comical the way a young meth addict got busted if it wasn't the seriousness of the offences.
Rockhampton man Jake Kevin Watts had an arsenal of weapons and almost 20grams of meth in his car, drove disqualified to the police station to report as part of a bail condition.
Watts tried to hide his illegal driving from police by hiding the keys in the garden outside the police station.
However, a member of the public saw him leave the keys there, picked them up, followed him into the Rockhampton Police Station, handed the keys to police and told them they belonged the young man.
This lead to a search of the vehicle where police discovered 19.917 grams of meth which was 74% purity level, seven knuckle busters, a self loading firearm, a hand gun, two vials of steroids, oestrogen, a loaded magazine and a second magazine.
Watts, 23, pleaded guilty to drugs and weapons charges in the Supreme Court of Rockhampton yesterday.
The former Emmaus College graduate was supported in court by seven family members and a friend and martial arts instructor.
Defence Barrister Tom Polley described the life of a supported, loved young man who was introduced to pills at Rockhampton nightclubs when he was 20 and months later, meth.
After his second meth use, he was addicted.
It took one year for his life to spiral so far out of control that he appeared in court twice prior to these matters for drug related matters and lost everything. He lost his job, refused help from family, friends and probation officers, and landed in the Supreme court facing charges indicative of drug commerciality.
Watts had undertaken a mechanics apprenticeship straight after school, but disliked the work environment he was in so he quit after two years. From there, he worked as a storeman in a Rockhampton business for one year until he was fired after his work standards deteriorated due to his drug addiction.
At the time of his arrest for these charges, he was using 0.5 grams of meth a day, almost daily.
Mr Polley said Watts had sold drugs to support his own drug addiction.
When it came to the arsenal of weapons in the car, Mr Polley said his client explained that he had a 'stupid obsession' with weapons but they were not linked to selling drugs.
"It's almost comical how he was arrested if it wasn't so serious," Justice Duncan McMeekin commented.
"I don't know if any lectures will help you."
Mr Polley said Watts' parents were willing to do anything to help their eldest son upon his release from custody.
He said they had sold their business and were in a financial position to retire for many years.
Mr Polley said they had made enquiries about rehabilitation services for Watts and employment outside of Rockhampton - away from drug associates - and were prepared to move with him to support him.
Justice McMeekin sentenced Watts to a two-year-prison term as a head sentence and a two-year disqualified driving period.
He also granted an absolute disqualification from holding a firearms licence which was an application made by the prosecution.
Justice McMeekin set a parole release date of September 7, 2017, but Watts was remanded in custody due to further matters pending in the Magistrates Court.