Man admitted to police he’d purchased speed

LOOSE lips sink ships, but Joel Jorgensen torpedoed himself when he admitted having a small quantity of the amphetamine (speed).

The evidence Jorgensen gave to police against himself was noted by Judge Brian Devereaux SC in the District Court in Mackay.

He was not jailed, but sentenced to a 12-month Intensive Corrections Order to be served in the community.

Jorgensen, 25, who has prior drug offences on his criminal record, pleaded guilty to supplying a dangerous drug in Mackay between July 23 and July 31, 2013.

He pleaded guilty to possession of methylamphetamine on July 28, 2014, and fraud by dishonestly obtaining a motor vehicle from a car hire company on July 13, 2014.

Emily Coley, for the Director of Public Prosecutions, said that on July 28 police had been investigating a single-vehicle crash when Jorgensen admitted a substance he had was methylamphetamine.

He had told them he paid $140 and purchased it to supply a friend.

No police analysis was done on the substance and the facts of the charge were based on his admission.

Barrister Stephen Byrne, for Jorgensen, said his client did not profit commercially from the drug offence. "There was no financial gain for him."

He said Jorgensen hired the rental car for acquaintances who failed to return it. The car was later found out of fuel but undamaged.

"He's trying to get off the drugs, but has a long way to go," Mr Byrne said.

Judge Devereaux said it appeared the only way Jorgensen would stop committing offences was for him to deal with his drug problem.

"You are entitled to special leniency (his admissions) despite your really bad history," he said.

Judge Devereaux said the Intensive Corrections Order would present a real challenge to Jorgensen as he would be intensively supervised by Corrective Services and must do counselling and community service.

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