Charges dropped for man accused of possessing $70K of ice
A MAN who has been in police custody for nine months has had his charges dropped after a shocking revelation was made about the white powder police seized from his car.
Originally thought to be $70,000 worth of ice, it was discovered that the powder in Elamir Salah Eddine Elayouby's car had no trace of illicit drugs.
Elayouby was in a car with a 26-year-old woman, Georgina Yiokoumi Yiakoumi when the pair were intercepted by police on Wood St last June.
A thorough search of the car uncovered 28g of white powder, which police alleged was methylamphetamine, or ice.
The pair were immediately taken into custody and Elayouby was later charged with five offences including supplying and possessing dangerous drugs, possessing utensils or pipes and driving while a relevant drug is present in the blood or saliva.
The 30-year-old Kangaroo Point man had his matter adjourned at Warwick Magistrates Court multiple times before it was finalised last week.
Three of Elayouby's charges were dropped, including the offences relating to supplying and possessing dangerous drugs.
This was because laboratory results revealed the white powder was not the substance police first thought it was.
"Police offered no evidence on those charges and that was because there was no trace of illicit drugs," Lawyer Rodney Keyte said.
This just left two charges, which were permitting another to drive while unlicensed and driving while a relevant drug is present.
Elayouby appeared via video link from police custody and pleaded guilty to both charges.
The court heard Elayouby had been caught driving with methamphetamine in his system and had allowed his partner to drive while unlicensed.
Elayouby was convicted and not further punished for both charges.
He was also disqualified from driving for one month.
Georgina Yiokoumi Yiakoumi remains in police custody and will next face Brisbane Magistrates Court on April 12.