Mate fesses up after friend charged with drug offences
A MAN had stepped forward and claimed ownership of illicit drugs and associated paraphernalia after his mate had been charged by police for the items.
Police responding to another matter had attended a Drayton residence on the night of September 25, last year, and subsequently conducted a search of the house, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.
During the search, police turned up a container with 30 tablets of ecstasy, a glass pipe for smoking drugs and a straw associated with drug use, police prosecutor Senior Constable Alastair Windsor told the court.
The 8.6g of substance found was analysed as having 1.477g of MDMA (ecstasy).
After another man had been charged with possession of the items, Brendan William Francis had his legal representatives draw up an affidavit in which he owned up to possessing the items, the court heard.
The 30-year-old pleaded guilty before Toowoomba Magistrates Court to possessing a dangerous drug, possessing drug utensils and possessing property suspected of having been acquired for the purpose of committing a drug offence.
His lawyer Terry Morgans told the court his client was a truck mechanic and driver who lived in Roma.
His client admitted the drug found was his and for his own personal use.
Had he not come forward and admitted his involvement to police his client might not have been charged, Mr Morgans submitted.
Magistrate Graham Lee noted Francis had only limited criminal history and that his last offence had been in 2010.
Acknowledging his high level of co-operation with police in the matter, Mr Lee ordered the convictions not be recorded and fined Francis $1500.