Police count 430 cannabis seeds in drug user's car

A BILOELA police officer had the arduous task of counting and then likely recounting just to make sure, that drug user Nathan Anthony Briese had 430 cannabis seeds in his car.

Briese, 27, was arrested on October 11 when officers stopped his car and inside found 246 grams of cannabis, 430 cannabis seeds, and 1.4 grams of amphetamine.

Appearing in custody before Gladstone Magistrates Court, Briese pleaded guilty to possession of dangerous drugs, and having property suspected of being used in a drug offence.

In a separate incident he pleaded guilty to failing to stop when travelling in a car at 11.25pm on August 28; driving when court disqualified; and driving an unregistered and uninsured car.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said police saw a Holden Gemini that night with three passengers being driven with no registration plates.

Despite police turning on the siren and flashing lights and following its driver accelerated away.

A person in the back seat was seen to lie down as it travelled along Dawson Highway then turn on to the Burnett Hwy.

Sgt Stevens said the police car followed the Gemini for 1.5km then stopped.

He said CCTV footage identified Briese as being the driver and the Gemini was unregistered since May 2014.

Then on October 11 police stopped a car Briese was driving.

Inside a plastic drink container officers found clip seal bags that each held 30 grams of cannabis; the total amount was 246 grams.

A separate bag held 1.4 grams of amphetamine.

"He says he found the drink container on the side of the road near a church when driving, stopped and picked it up," Sgt Stevens said.

"He has 19 entries for drug offences and was on parole at the time for drugs."

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said Briese had tried to rehabilitate and not use drugs, and helps his family in their business selling farm products.

Mr Pepito said that on the night of the traffic offences Briese was drinking at the Biloela RSL when he met a friend and went for a drive.

He said he now realises that he must be "more choosy" who he hangs around with.

Magistrate Jason Schubert sentenced Briese to 10 months jail on the traffic/motor vehicle offences and three months jail on the drug charges with a fine of $847.

Briese was disqualified from driving for two years.

His parole eligibility date is February 26 next year.

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