'Pipes are candlestick holders and not for smoking speed'

A MAN who claimed more than 120 glass pipes in his house were candlestick holders - despite admitting to police to smoking speed out of one - has been fined.

Blake Timothy Newman, 33, pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday to possessing a restricted weapon, possessing dangerous drugs and two counts of possessing drug utensils.

The court heard police raided Newman's Camira home where they found a glass pipe with residue from smoking drugs, left on a bookshelf.

They then found a clip-seal bag with a small amount of a crystalline substance and a box containing 120 pipes of the same design as the one found to have been used.

Police then searched the garage and found a taser disguised as a torch.

Newman told the court through his lawyer the pipes were candlestick holders he had made, but admitted they could be used as pipes. The court heard he had found the taser on a beach.

He was given a $500 fine and the seized items were forfeited for destruction.



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