Gladstone man pleads guilty to drug possession

WHEN Police pulled over Darren James Ashman it was to talk to him about the broken headlight on his car.

But what they found on August 30, 2014, was a quantity of drugs packaged in clipseal bags, associated paraphernalia including digital scales, throwing knives and $1575 in cash.

Ashman's mobile phone text messages indicated a drug exchange had taken place earlier that day.

On bail for those charges, the 25-year-old Gladstone man was again pulled over for a random breath test on October 20, 2014.

This time they found more drugs, more drug paraphernalia and a knife.

Ashman pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Supreme Court yesterday to possession of drugs (methamphetamines) exceeding 200 grams, two charges of possession of drugs, four charges of supplying dangerous drugs (meth and cannabis), two charges of possessing property used in the commission of an offence, two charges of possessing items that were proceeds of drug misuse which included a Playstation 3 and games, and charges of unlawful weapons and having a knife in a public place.

Defence barrister Tom Polley said Ashman, now 26, had starting using cannabis at the age of 16 and had tried meth at a similar age.

The court heard his drug use grew from occasional use to a regular habit, ending in him using a gram a day of meth, two grams of cannabis and 'whatever he could get hold of at a time."

"He wasn't making money, he was selling to supply himself," Mr Polley said.

Justice Duncan McMeekin sentenced Ashman to three years imprisonment for the first charge, then periods of 12 months, six months and three months for the other charges, all to be served concurrently.

He also expressed a concern about Ashman carrying weapon's in a public place.

"The fact of the matter is, you have a criminal history," Justice McMeekin said.

Having served over nine months imprisonment already Justice McMeekin set a parole release date of November 3, 2015.

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