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Judge tells teen he was lucky to be caught by police

AN OAKEY teenager was lucky to be caught by police which put a stop to his drug involvement, a judge has told him.

Toowoomba Supreme Court heard police targeting a suspected drug dealer had pulled over a car as it headed between Oakey and Toowoomba in the early hours of April 5, last year.

Karl Reese Delaney, 19, was a passenger in the car which was searched by police as was the vehicle's three occupants.

The teenager told police he had a small amount of "ice" in his wallet which was later found to contain 0.172g of methamphetamine, Crown prosecutor Shontelle Petrie told the court.

However, it was the text messages on his phone that further interested police.

Ms Petrie said it appeared Delaney had been asked to access small amounts of drugs for others.

The drugs included methamphetamine, marijuana and ecstasy.

Delaney pleaded guilty to six counts of supplying a dangerous drug and to one count of possessing a dangerous drug.

Ms Petrie said the Crown couldn't say whether the supplies actually took place and it was accepted that it was low level offending.

Delaney had no previous criminal history at all, the court heard.

His barrister Michael Copley told the court his client had since been undertaking counselling and was now clean of drugs which was supported by two clean drug tests.

His client was in good employment and no longer associated with the people in the car that night, Mr Copley submitted.

Justice Peter Applegarth told Delaney it was lucky he was caught early into his drug use.

"You should thank the police for having found you and stopped you from what in all probability would have been a descent into drug use," he said.

Without recording convictions, Justice Applegarth placed the teenager on two years probation and fined him $2000.



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