Laidley business owner caught with 100g+ of weed
A BUSINESS owner who stashed more than 100 grams of marijuana at his Laidley property said he used the drug to self-medicate after he was involved in a jetski accident.
Gatton Magistrates Court heard Casey Michael Edwards, 36, co-operated with police when they arrived at his business with a search warrant on March 4.
"They conducted a search of the workplace, the shelving associated with this premises," Police prosecutor Sergeant Alister Windsor said.
"The defendant initially said he had nothing to declare but police located several clipseal plastic bags containing green leafy material during the course of their search."
The court heard police found 4 grams of marijuana and a bag of marijuana weighing 102 grams, as well as a further 6 grams, which had been stashed in a sunglasses case in the roof of a Nissan Navara parked on site.
"The defendant identified the contents of the bags as being cannabis and stated they were for personal use for him and him alone," Sgt Windsor said.
"He openly admitted he was a frequent smoker of cannabis."
Medication, for which Edwards did not have a prescription, was also in the Navara.
"Police further located a foil blister pack of 11 sealed tablets marked OxyContin 30mg," Sgt Windsor said.
"The defendant admitted he was not the holder of a current medical script authorising his possession of those items."
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Duty lawyer James Ryan told Magistrate Graham Lee that Edwards had been in serious jetski accident in 2017, leaving him with chronic back and teeth pain.
"Since these charges arose, he has had surgery on his teeth and he has formally sorted out prescribed medication for pain relief," Mr Ryan said.
Edwards pleaded guilty to two counts of drug possession and one count of possessing anything used in the commission of crime.
After taking into account his early plea and co-operation, Mr Lee told Edwards it was the quantity of drugs he was found with that aggravated circumstances.
Edwards was fined $1200, with no conviction recorded.
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