Man impersonated narcotics agent

A bizarre case was heard in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday, where a 47-year-old man pleaded guilty to impersonating a federal narcotics agent.

The man, who cannot be named for fear of aggravating a mental condition, pleaded guilty to the official charge of assuming the designation or description of a police officer.

At one stage of the ruse he used Gladstone Police District Inspector Rowan Bond's business card to perpetrate the crime.

Police prosecutor Constable Steve Morris said on February 9 detectives received information from a business owner the man had been been to his organisation, repeatedly purporting to be an officer in a federal narcotics unit.

He handed one of the people present a mobile phone that had recently been stolen, saying he retrieved it from someone he had just arrested on drug charges.

The phone was in a government envelope and he asked the person to sign for it.

When one person challenged him about his claims he told them he didn't carry identification because he was working undercover.

He then used Inspector Bond's business card, along with a calling card left by a junior officer to gain entry to a local nightclub.

Const Morris said the man gained entry on the pretence he was compiling a report for the police minister. Defence lawyer Peter Vale said his client was taking medication that affected his behaviour.

Magistrate Graham Pitt urged the man to seek a psychiatric intervention and fined him $750. A conviction was not recorded.

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