Car crash lead to seizure of dangerous drugs

IF ANTHONY Wayne Tronc didn't crash his car, he might not have been caught with a kilogram and a half of cannabis.

Tronc, 23, pleaded guilty yesterday at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to possessing dangerous drugs and possessing drug utensils.

The court heard on January 14, Boonah police were called to a car crash at Burnett Creek, south of Boonah.

They found the car had crashed into a tree and the driver, Tronc, standing next to the car.

Police searched the car where they found 1500 grams of cannabis, and a glass water pipe.

He admitted to police it was cannabis and the pipe and the drugs were his.

The court heard he told police he had found the large amount of drugs in bushland.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said there was no evidence to show Tronc's claims were not true.

Mr Fairclough said Tronc lived in a remote area outside Boonah with a lot of bushland near him.

He told the court the police did not allege the drugs were intended for part of a commercial operation.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey said Tronc had been found in possession of a huge amount of cannabis and was fortunate it had not been taken to a higher court.

"It's a significant amount of drugs here," he said.

Mr Manthey ordered Tronc to serve a three month prison sentence, to be wholly suspended for a period of 12 months.

Mr Manthey said he hoped the prison term lingering over Tronc's head would make him realise the danger he had put himself in.

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