Shane Luke Townsend outside the Warwick Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Shane Luke Townsend outside the Warwick Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

What a bummer; stash found

PANT pockets seemed to be a too-obvious choice for one young man who thought a fold of skin was a better place to stash his drugs.

Shane Luke Townsend came to the attention of Warwick police officers while walking along Grafton Street at 11.30am on January 4, leading to a Warwick Magistrates Court appearance on Tuesday for one count of possessing a dangerous drug.

The police prosecutor said the trolley-pusher was taken from his stroll along Grafton Street to the Warwick Police station where a search was conducted.

The prosecutor said a search of the 20-year-old located an alfoil package “protruding from between his buttocks” which amounted to three grams of cannabis.

Townsend’s criminal history included a conviction for assault and entering premises with intent to commit an indictable offence in 2008.

Magistrate Anne Thacker took into consideration his early plea of guilty when she handed down a $400 fine with no conviction recorded for the cheeky drug concealment.

However serial drug offender Lance Kenneth Harvey had no problems with his pants during a police search when four grams of cannabis were located.

Harvey pleaded guilty to three drug charges in the Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The police prosecutor outlined five pages of criminal history – mostly of a drug nature – as the 32-year-old jittered and frequently shook his mane of long curly hair at the bar.

The court heard a search of his home revealed a mixing bowl of a dried leaf material (the contents was tipped on to the grass), a grinder in the bedroom and four grams of cannabis in his pants pocket.

When questioned by Magistrate Anne Thacker, Harvey said he “had talked it over with his missus” and was “trying to do that right thing”.

Harvey was served a prison sentence, wholly suspended for 12 months and a conviction was recorded.



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