Warwick man busted with ice stashed in wallet
AN 'INSIDIOUS' drug bought on Warwick streets was uncovered in a police search, despite Peter Andrew Young assuring officers they would find no illicit substances inside his vehicle.
It was heard at Warwick Magistrates Court today Young and a driving companion were pulled over by police at Summerholm in December, telling them he had no drugs or sharps inside the car.
But a search proved otherwise with police finding 0.3g of ice inside a black wallet and two hypodermic syringes inside a green glasses case.
Young pleaded guilty to one count each of possessing dangerous drugs and failing to properly dispose of a needle and syringe.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Ken Wiggan said Young admitted to both smoking and injecting the drug, which he said he purchased in the Warwick area.
The court heard Young had a previous drug conviction in 1992.
Lawyer Clare Hine said the amount of ice was small and while Young was currently unemployed, he had a good work history.
"I submit that it could be dealt with by way of a fine,” she said.
Acting Magistrate Robert Walker said Young had pleaded guilty at an early stage, but pressed upon him the seriousness of his crime.
"Methylamphetamine is an insidious drug that has impacts on the individual and community as a whole,” Mr Walker said.
Young was ordered to pay a $400 fine, which was referred to SPER, and no conviction was recorded.