Man found with drugs in shoes at music festival
MUSIC lover Jamane 'Jim' Patterson headed off from Gladstone to the Future Music Festival at Doomben Racecourse but a police sniffer dog tracked LSD and MDMA tabs secreted in a wallet and the sole of sneakers he wore.
"They're not my shoes," Patterson told police, adding he did not know drugs were hidden in the left sole.
Instead of chilling to the sounds of The Prodigy and Hilltop Hoods, he was arrested and taken from the festival on March 7, then had to front Gladstone Magistrates Court to be sentenced on drug offences.
Patterson, 22, a chef, pleaded guilty to five counts of drug possession - LSD, MDMA (ecstasy) and cannabis, one count of supply dangerous drug (cannabis), and possession of utensils or pipes used in drug taking.
Prosecutor Nina Sulzer said Patterson tried to avoid festival police by walking away but a search of his wallet and left shoe found 18 LSD and three MDMA tabs. Cannabis was found in his motel room.
"He said the shoes he was wearing were not his and he had not known the tablets were there," Ms Sulzer said.
The drug supply charge related to a text on his mobile phone: "Hey man its Jamane do you want some green".
Defence lawyer Kylie Devney said Patterson obtained the LSD over the internet.
The reason he had so many tabs, Ms Devney, said was they had been sourced as experimental medical drugs at $1 each and were not so strong.
"So why did he have them at a music festival if they were for medical purposes?" asked magistrate Penelope Hay.
"They weren't for a medical purpose, he obtained them to use illegally," Ms Devney said.
She said his use of cannabis was "a coping mechanism, self medicating" for depression issues.
Back home on April 22, Gladstone police stopped his Proton car for an RBT at 1am and smelled burned cannabis.
A bong was found behind his seat and 25.3 grams of cannabis had been divided into nine clip seal bags.
Drugs, a bong and grinder were also found at his house in Agnes Water on May 19.
Ms Devney said the cannabis was in nine bags because Patterson was weaning himself off.
Magistrate Hay told Patterson he was not a child anymore.
He was placed on probation for 12 months to be supervised with urine tests.