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Drug experiment sours, cannabis butter found on stove

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

AT HIS age, Michael McNamara says, he should know better; after admitting he had LSD, speed and cannabis at his Agnes Water home.

Prosecutor Nina Sulzer said that as part of the ongoing police drug detection Operation Maxima officers searched McNamara's house and found foils containing a white crystal substance in a cupboard and more in an Anzac biscuit tin that he admitted was methylamphetamine.

A silver tablet bottle in the fridge held two cubes of a crystal substance, LSD, with McNamara saying it had been "given to him by a bloke".

"He said a green soup like substance on the stove was cannabis butter," Ms Sulzer said.

"McNamara cooked the butter to make cannabis biscuits."

Cannabis seeds and green leaf material and cannabis resin were found along with a bong and smoking pipes.

The 52-year-old retired truck driver pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to two counts of drug possession on March 15, possession of a Schedule 1 dangerous drug (methylamphetamine), and having drug utensils.

Duty lawyer Jun Pepito said McNamara suffered from "post adoption diagnosis", to which magistrate Jeffrey Clarke replied, "I've never heard of it".

Mr Pepito sought a high fine and no conviction to be recorded for his client and not a supervised probation order but Mr Clarke said no because of the number of the many deals of speed found.

"It's for experimentation and he should know better because of his age," Mr Pepito said.

Mr Clarke disagreed that the quantity of the drugs and utensils found indicated McNamara was simply experimenting.

"Why a conviction should not be recorded. He's got schedule 1 and 2 drugs, and he's a mature man," Mr Clarke said.

"These drugs are a complete scourge.

"He's got three sorts of drugs and not in small quantities.

"So why should he not be supervised (by Corrective Services) and drug tested."

After consulting with McNamara, Mr Pepito said his client would consent to a Probation Order.

Mr Clarke said McNamara had told the court he had fallen in with the wrong crowd and should have known better and that the drugs in his possession were the result of his experimentation.

However, he said it must be brought home to him and other potential drug offenders that they are dangerous drugs and are creating all sorts of difficulties in our communities.

He sentenced McNamara to two years probation and said he would be subject to random drug testing to detect whether he continued to use illicit substances.

For possession of methylamphetamine he received a four month jail sentence, immediately suspended for 12 months on condition he not reoffend.

Topics:  court, drugs, gladstone



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