Gagging man damaged evidence

WHEN police arrived at his home unannounced, a Stanthorpe man thought the way to hide the evidence was to stuff bags containing methylamphetamine into his mouth to try to swallow them.

Cody John Schulze tried to run from officers when they raided his home in relation to outstanding warrants on August 1.

The Stanthorpe District Court last week heard that at one point the 27-old put his hands in his pockets, which caused the police to draw their weapons. When they restrained Schulze, they noticed he was chewing and gagging on something.

The police forcibly removed two plastic bags from his mouth when he refused to spit them out.

It was later determined the bags contained a small quantity of methylamphetamine.

The court heard Schulze had a history of drug offending and was on probation at the time of the offence.

Schulze last week pleaded guilty to the offence of damaging evidence with intent, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in jail.

The Stanthorpe man was sentenced to four months jail, but was released on immediate parole and allowed to walk free from the court.



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