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Drug deaths didn't deter Gladstone mates from temptation

Perkins has been ordered to attend drug education.
Perkins has been ordered to attend drug education.

TWO deaths from drug overdoses at Stereosonic festivals in Sydney and Adelaide just hours earlier were not enough to deter Gladstone live music lover Michael Perkins and his mates from being tempted by cocaine.

Perkins was caught out by police at the Brisbane leg of the events when officers checked his iPhone and found a drug related text.

Perkins, 22, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to a charge that he was in possession of a mobile phone used in Brisbane last month for commission of a drug related crime.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said police on foot patrols near the Brisbane Ekka grounds for the Stereosonic festival on December 6 saw Perkins and other young males get out of a car.

Mr Reece said drugs were found on one of the males and an Apple iPhone Perkins had contained a text message about someone picking up cocaine for them.

Perkins told police the friend was going to give them cocaine.

Defence lawyer Bradley Krebs said Perkins travelled to Brisbane with friends for the festival and the text was sent.

Mr Krebs said Perkins was only a recreational user of illicit drugs.

"He recognises the need to disassociate himself from drugs," Mr Krebs said.

"He is not working and has no criminal history.

"He was born and raised in Gladstone and normally works in retail."

Mr Krebs sought for a drug conviction not to be recorded as it would likely affect his employment prospects.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said Perkins was found suitable to do a Drug Diversion program and because he had no prior offences she would not record a conviction.

Instead she placed Perkins on $600 own recognizance not to offend in the next 12 months and ordered he attend drug education.

His iPhone was forfeited to police.

Queensland health authorities last month revealed paramedics had transported 20 people from the Stereosonic festival to hospital emergency departments for drug overdoses.

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