A YOUNG Gladstone man looking to get himself and his friends as high as kites at the Brisbane Stereosonic music festival in December has paid a hefty price for getting caught with five bags of cocaine worth $250 each outside the festival.
The Gladstone Magistrates Court was told that Gary Thomas Smith, 22, travelled from Gladstone to Brisbane with his girlfriend in a car and, at the behest of friends who flew to Brisbane, brought with him five bags of cocaine and six MDMA pills.
Smith pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing dangerous drugs, possession of drug utensils and possessing a mobile phone used to carry out drug offences.
Police Prosecutor Gavin Reece said police conducting foot patrols outside the music festival saw Smith unloading bags from his car when they decided to approach him.
"A search revealed a black case containing six banana shaped pills and two bags of cocaine weighing one gram each," he said.
"The defendant then removed three tins from his waistline which contained three one gram bags of cocaine worth $250 each."
A sheepish Smith sat slumped in his chair.
Defence lawyer Kylie Devney said Smith admitted some of the drugs were for personal use.
"My client was asked by friends to transport the drugs for them as they were flying down," she said.
However, Magistrate Brian Kucks accepted that some of the drugs were for personal use and Smith's friends.
"You've jumped in at the deep end for someone without a criminal history," he said, addressing Smith.
Magistrate Kucks said because of "idiots" like Smith there was a need for a heavy police presence at music festivals.
As it was Smith's first drug offence no conviction was recorded but he was fined $1500.
Two people died at Stereosonic music festivals this year after taking ecstasy pills.