NAMED AND SHAMED: Roma’s drug offenders exposed
From a mother being charged with multiple drug offences, to a drug driver lying to police and a tip off helping police catch a man karting drugs into Roma, here are the offenders who pleaded guilty in the Roma Magistrates Court on Wednesday, March 31 to various drug-related offences.
Man confessed to police about injecting meth
Desmond John Ward was fined $450 after Roma Police located an unused syringe in his home, telling officers he was going to use it to smoke ice.
Ward fronted the Roma Magistrates Court on Wednesday, March 31 after officers executed a search warrant at his home at 4pm on Friday, March 19.
“Prior to conducting the search, the defendant was questioned whether he had anything to declare and he said he had a syringe and when officers located it with a liquid substance, he said it was ice and he mixes it in a container and takes it,” police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting said.
Ward represented himself in court and had nothing to say to Magistrate Peter Saggers.
He pleaded guilty to one count of possessing dangerous drugs and was fined $450 and a conviction was recorded.
Man explains to Magistrate he smokes pot to deal with grief
The Roma Magistrate told a man there’s better ways to deal with grief of losing family members than taking illicit drugs.
At 4pm on March 19, officers searched Deon Jade Thompson’s home and located a bowl containing cannabis resin in his bedroom, a plastic water pipe and a grinder.
“When questioned he stated to police he did use the bong to smoke cannabis earlier in the day to deal with the recent loss of a relative,” sergeant Whiting said.
There was 4.3 grams of cannabis located.
Solicitor Laurie Parker told the court that his client smoked cannabis to deal with his grief.
“He made immediate admissions and the last time he was in court was in 2016 for similar offences and fined $500, I ask it be dealt in a similar way,” Mr Parker said.
Magistrate Saggers told Thompson there are more effective ways to deal with grief.
The defendant pleaded guilty to possessing utensils and possessing dangerous drugs.
He was fined $500 for both offences, the conviction was recorded and the items were forfeited.
Police received tip off of man carting ‘fair’ quantity of drugs
After Roma police received a tip off of a man travelling to Roma with drugs, officers met him hopping off the bus and located nearly 100 grams of cannabis.
The court heard at 2.45pm on March 13, officers intercepted Johnavon George Robert Pearce getting off the bus and did a patch down search, finding 91.1 grams of cannabis in two sandwich bags.
Sergeant Whiting said the defendant made admissions that it was cannabis and belonged to him for personal use.
Solicitor Leslee Reed told the court her client is 37-years-of-age and is unemployed but was seeking employment and had a child due in August.
“He believes he needs assistance for cannabis use,” Ms Reed said.
“He pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and co-operated with police.”
Magistrate Saggers said it was a fair quantity of cannabis for someone who is not working and has a baby on the way.
Pearce was given a 12-month probation order and a conviction was recorded.
Mother fined for four drug-related offences
With not the best track history on probation, Isobell Joy O’Brien was fined $750 after pleading guilty to four offences.
The court heard at 1.20pm on February 13, police executed a search warrant at O’Brien’s home and located 8.1 grams of cannabis inside her purse, 0.2 grams of cannabis in her bedroom, two clear pipes, a grinder, and a white pipe.
She was subsequently charged with possessing utensils that had been used, possessing anything used in the commission of a crime, possessing dangerous drugs and contravening a direction or requirement of police.
Mr Parker said his client was under “enormous pressure” due to the welfare of her kids.
“She may look at probation to get her some help to get the show back on the road,” Mr Parker said.
“Her last entry was in 2017, it’s almost four years ago.”
Monique Rashford from Queensland Corrective Services informed Magistrate Saggers that in the past O’Brien has not done too well on probation.
She pleaded guilty to all four offences.
The Magistrate fined O’Brien $750, a conviction was recorded and the items were forfeited.
Conviction not recorded:
Man lies to police about drug taking
When a man was intercepted by Roma Police for a random breath test, he told officers he had not consumed illicit drugs, however a drug test later confirmed the presence of methamphetamine in his saliva.
Grayson William Walsh was a P1 driver when intercepted at 6.15pm on January 17 on the access road to Lake Mansfield.
“The defendant was asked if he consumed any drugs and he said no … at a later date, a certificate was produced confirming the presence of methamphetamine in his saliva,” sergeant Whiting told the court.
Walsh emailed the Roma courthouse indicating his plea of guilt, however Magistrate Saggers informed him that because he was a P1 driver and there’s a mandatory disqualification period, he had to attend court.
He had nothing to say to the Magistrate.
He pleaded guilty to driving while drug was present while the holder of a provisional licence.
He was fined $350 and disqualified from driving for three-months.
Magistrate Saggers did not record a conviction as it was his first offence.
First time offender fined for possessing a drug utensil
First time offender, Jeon-Carlo Burgoyne had his bong forfeited and was fined $150 after police searched his home in relation to another matter.
Prior to police conducting a search at 8.15am on March 21, officers questioned Burgoyne whether he had anything to declare.
“He said he had a bong outside on the patio that belonged to him, he said he had used it but to smoke tobacco, but admitted it had been used to smoke cannabis,” sergeant Whiting told the court.
The self-represented defendant pleaded guilty to possessing drug utensils.
Magistrate Saggers took into account that he was full and frank with police and fined him $150.
A conviction was not recorded and the item was forfeited to the state.
Woman strikes a deal with the court
A woman must be of good behaviour for three months and attend a drug program after police located a homemade water pipe in her home.
Kayla Maree O’Neil fronted court and pleaded guilty to one count of possessing drug utensils that had been used.
The court heard at 9am on February 24, police officers executed a search warrant at her home and during the search located a homemade water pipe.
“Upon questioning, the defendant said she used it to smoke cannabis,” sergeant Whiting said.
Ms Reed Reed submitted her client be dealt with by way of good behaviour.
Magistrate Saggers said he was satisfied under the Penalties and Sentences Act that O’Neil be released into recognisance of $150 and be of good behaviour for three months.
The drug item was forfeited and the conviction was not recorded.