Offender who fled to mud flats convicted of drug charges

A DESPERATE man who fled into mud flats to avoid arrest found himself having to apply for his freedom, after being sentenced in Gladstone Magistrates Court.

Leigh Elliott Weston appeared via video link from custody in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon, facing single counts of assault or obstruct a police officer, possessing property suspected of being acquired for committing a drug offence, possessing utensils or pipes, and possessing a Schedule 1 dangerous drug exceeding Schedule 3 amount but less than Schedule 4.

The court heard that on September 3, 2013, at 1.25pm, Weston was intercepted in his car on Gladstone-Benaraby Rd, when officers observed Weston to be shaking as they spoke to him.

A search of the vehicle located a backpack, clip-seal bags, pH tester and other equipment and utensils.

Officers also found a mobile phone case containing a glass crack pipe, as well as a chip packet with a shot glass containing a yellow crystal inside the packet.

Weston fled on foot, crossing the railway line and running into the mud flats, which required the dog squad to be called in to search for him.

Police found Weston, on parole at the time, appearing unconscious in the mud flats, before they retrieved a backpack containing 8g of methylamphetamine, which equated to 0.2704g of pure meth after analysis.

Weston was convicted on all charges and concurrently sentenced to three months prison for the obstruct charge, six months imprisonment for the property and utensils charges and 18 months jail for the drugs possession charge, with immediate parole eligibility.

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