Lesson a costly one for man caught with cananbis at lookout

A DARK lookout is probably not the most inconspicuous place for someone to head if they were looking for somewhere to indulge in a little wacky baccy.

For police officers patrolling Jeff Ringland Dr at Callemondah on December 18, 2013, when they observed James Basil Melksham put something down beside the seat in his car and could smell cannabis, things did not add up.

Officers had spotted the car at the lookout about 8.30pm on the night in question, and after conducting a search of the vehicle, located a small pipe and an amount of cannabis.

Melksham appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday, sentenced on two charges, possessing utensils or pipes that had been used and possessing dangerous drugs, despite claiming he had only smoked cannabis earlier in the morning of December 18.

It was the 20-year-old's first time in court, which led Magistrate Russell Warfield to exercise his discretion and opt not to record a conviction against Melksham, but fined him $700 for both offences.



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