Dealer paroled over drug charges

A MAN arrested for drug possession after a police raid at Mount Marshall in January last year has been sentenced to 18 months’ jail, but with immediate parole.

As reported in the Daily News, Jonathan Mark Webb, now 32, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, LSD and cannabis – along with steroids – initially estimated as worth up to $100,000.

Webb appeared in the Toowoomba Supreme Court last Wednesday and was convicted on six counts of possession of a dangerous drug.

One count involved possession of morphine and another possession of the powerful and legal narcotic oxycodone – also known as OxyContin – for which a significant black market has developed in Australia in recent years.

Deaths in America from oxycodone addiction are said to outnumber those from both heroin and cocaine and the drug is referred to as “hillbilly heroin”.

Its increased use in Australia is thought to be due to heroin shortages since 2001, especially pronounced in regional areas.

The steroids took the form of testosterone gel in sachets, with the gel absorbed through the skin and popular with body-builders.

Webb is still to face a series of weapons charges related to the Mount Marshall raid on the morning of Saturday, January 30 last year, which resulted in his later arrest at a residence in Warwick.

Police located a cache of high-powered firearms, including handguns, shortened rifles and a banned SKS semi-automatic Chinese assault rifle.

The drugs and the firearms were found in a number of feed bins buried in a paddock on the rural property, with a spokesman for the Warwick Police Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) saying at the time they believed the drugs were destined for the Warwick market.

Webb originally appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court on March 31 last year and is due to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on four weapons charges on June 16.

A CIB spokesman yesterday reiterated the need for public information in the crackdown on drugs.

“Once again we would like to emphasise to the public the need by police for continued information on drug activity,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter if it only seems minor.

"What may seem trivial, even someone you know who smokes cannabis on occasion, can be of major importance to us.”

Call the Warwick CIB with info on drugs on 4660 4444.

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