Man guilty on six charges after cuffs, drugs and rifle sting

POSSESSING handcuffs in his bedroom was the only charge Steven Brooker didn't see coming when his house was searched on April 24.

Fronting Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday on six charges, Brooker entered an early guilty plea for all offences.

At 7.30am on April 24, police executed a search warrant at the Gladstone home and located green-leaf material, cannabis, a set of handcuffs, rifle ammunition, a glass pipe and several clip-seal bags containing remnants of speed.

Brooker was charged with one count of possessing dangerous drugs, one count of producing dangerous drugs, one count of possessing or acquiring restricted items, one count of possessing utensils or pipes, one count of possessing anything used in the commission of crime, and a final count in relation to unauthorised and prohibited explosives.

A mobile containing photos of the defendant with mature cannabis plantations and text messages relating to transactions of cannabis was also found at the residence.

All items were seized and forfeited to the crown for destruction. Magistrate Russell Warfield said taking selfies with illegal substances was "stupidity".

He sentenced Brooker to three months jail, wholly suspended, imposed a $1500 fine, and a conviction was recorded.



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