Gladstone BMX rider charged for selling pot to pals

A MAN who was unaware selling a bit of pot to his mates constituted breaking the law was sentenced in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Tye Joseph Niha, 20, pleaded guilty to three charges in court earlier this week, which were singular counts of possession of utensils or pipes, possession of dangerous drugs and supplying dangerous drugs.

Gladstone Police had executed a search warrant on December 12 when they located Niha at an address.

During the search they uncovered digital scales, which Niha admitted he had used to weigh up the marijuana, before wrapping it in foil and selling it to his friends.

Police found 0.2g of cannabis in two separate tins, which Niha told officers was for his personal use, after they had found Niha had sold a quantity of cannabis the day before the search warrant was executed.

Officers also found an electric coffee grinder used to chop up the cannabis, as well as a homemade water pipe used to smoke cannabis; however Niha declined to undergo a formal interview.

Defence solicitor Cassandra Ditchfield told the court her client had clearly not understood the definition of supply and had completely ceased his drug use following the charges laid against him.

The respected local BMX rider avoided a conviction being recorded against him, as Magistrate Russell Warfield opted to fine Niha $1500 for all offences, accounting for his early guilty plea and the fact he had assisted police with their inquiries, which led to the supply charge.



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