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Ice dealer busted, drops another stash at police station

Kane Lucas Penk leaves Gladstone Courthouse after pleading guilty to drug offences.
Kane Lucas Penk leaves Gladstone Courthouse after pleading guilty to drug offences. Michael Richards

BUSTED for ice and with a $5000 cash wad found in his hire car, Kane Penk floored officers in Gladstone Police station when he accidentally dropped another ice stash on their floor.

Accused by police of doing "a weekly run" from out of town, the handyman walked free from Gladstone Courthouse but lost his 'suspicious' cash to government coffers when it was seized.

Penk, 33, pleaded guilty to two counts of methylamphetamine possession, possession of drug utensils, having $5000 suspected of being the proceeds of an offence, and property suspected of being used in a drug offence.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said police on June 28 stopped the car Penk was driving on the Bruce Highway at Benaraby and found methylamphetamine (Ice), $5000 cash in his jacket, and a brown handled flip knife, electric scales and a glass Ice pipe.

A silver trinket box found under the steering wheel held 1gram of methylamphetamine in a clip seal bag.

In evidence before magistrate Jason Schubert, Penk at first told the patrol officers he was just looking after the money for a female friend who intended it as a deposit on a car.

Penk was unable to give her surname, saying he did not know her well.

Sgt Stevens said Penk visited the front service counter of the police station on August 15 but while there dropped a clip seal bag with .7 gram of methylamphetamine in it.

"He later denied dropping it. CCTV footage at the front counter shows the clip seal bag appear on the floor while he stood there," Sgt Stevens said.

Mr Schubert said a letter written to the court by Penk shows his "genuine remorse" and that he wanted to be a role model to his children.

The magistrate also took into account details put forward by defence lawyer Jun Pepito on Penk's health challenges, a relationship breakdown, financial pressures he was under, and drug counselling he had done.

He placed Penk on a supervised Probation Order for 12 months and ordered he complete 40 hours of unpaid community service work.

Told not to use illicit drugs, Penk will be subject to urine analysis.

The money and utensils were forfeited.

"Thank you your honour," Penk said.

Topics:  court, crime, drugs, gladstone, ice, police



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