Acting as go-between for drug dealer "unacceptable"

A 21-year-old Coast man caught with more than 800 child porn images has told a court some of them dated back to when he was in Year 9 at school.
A 21-year-old Coast man caught with more than 800 child porn images has told a court some of them dated back to when he was in Year 9 at school.

THOUGH having stopped smoking marijuana himself, Beau Matthew McEwan had linked his drug dealer to a friend who was looking for the drug, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

A police search of McEwan's Crows Nest residence on October 18 had found an 8cm marijuana plant growing in a bath tub outside a shed, 16 marijuana seeds and 0.5g of chopped leaf inside the house and a number of drug related utensils for chopping up and smoking it.

Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Bill McKenzie told the court McEwan's mobile phone had a number of recent text messages and the 24-year-old explained he had organised his drug dealer to come to the home for a friend who was looking for marijuana.

McEwan pleaded guilty to producing, possessing and supplying a dangerous drug, possessing drug-related utensils and breaching the probation order he was on at the time.

His solicitor Divina De Leon said her client instructed he had stopped using marijuana some months ago but when he did smoke the drug it was to help him sleep.

Her client said he used to grow the drug and the plant found must have been a left-over that he hadn't realised was growing.

Reading from his probation report, Magistrate Damian Carroll said McEwan's lack of compliance with order showed he was clearly not suitable for further community-based orders.

The charge of supplying a dangerous drug showed McEwan's offending was escalating and that acting as a "go between" for a drug dealer was "totally unacceptable", Mr Carroll said.

McEwan was sentenced to four months jail but released on immediate parole.

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