Probation for teen on drugs charge
A WARWICK teen has been given probation after pleading guilty to a charge of supplying dangerous drugs.
Warren Minoria McConville appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court this week, where it was heard the 19-year-old purchased 10 ecstasy tablets and sold half of them to a friend.
The court heard on July 23 police executed a search warrant at McConville’s residence, where they uncovered a mobile phone, in which they viewed messages related to drug activity.
This week the police prosecutor told the court McConville purchased the tablets and sold five to his friend for a price of $125 and kept the others for himself.
Defence counsel for the teen said the incident happened on June 3 and at the time McConville had been using about one ecstasy tablet a week.
He said McConville enjoyed the “sensation” and the “rush” he got from using the drug but said a bad reaction he suffered from the batch in question had seen him quit using ecstasy.
McConville’s defence counsel added there was no commercial motive and McConville had re-sold the drugs for the purchase price “to help out a mate”.
Magistrate Thacker warned the teen he was playing with his life and said the offence had the potential to land him behind bars “for decades”.
McConville was sentenced to nine months probation and no conviction was recorded.