Last chance offered as drug supplier faces court again
BREACH probation and you'll end up in big trouble.
That's where Reece Geoff Ward found himself when he appeared in the Gladstone Magistrates Court facing drug charges.
While he was on probation for previous offences, police found a bag containing 6.5 grams of cannabis, a pipe, scales, chopping bowl and an electric grinder which Ward told police he used to cut up the cannabis, when searching his bedroom on April 2.
Charged with supply of the drug, Ward told police he had given some of his stash to friends, but had never sold the drug.
However, multiple text messages found on his mobile phone related to buying and selling drugs, the court heard.
Magistrate Barbara Tynan wasn't impressed with the fact Ward had previously thumbed up his nose at probation after she heard he had attended a probation meeting just once.
"The court offered you probation, you accepted and then thumbed your nose at it," she said.
"In the last three years you have been before the court four times. I am prepared to offer you probation once again as a last chance offer.
"If you accept you will be required to undertake counselling as directed. You've had a chance before and you blew it.
"If you blow it again the consequences will be severe."
A conviction was recorded on the probation breach.