Dylan Thomas Smith.
Dylan Thomas Smith.

Former PCYC employee, op shop volunteer on drug charges

A "FALL from grace" landed a Midge Point woman in court alongside her partner after police uncovered methamphetamine, marijuana and drug utensils during a raid.

Simone Chantel Hughes and Dylan Thomas Smith both pleaded guilty to multiple charges at Proserpine Magistrates Court.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jay Merchant told the court police went to the Midge Point property in August and saw Hughes trying to hide a black pot plant.

Officers then found three marijuana plants, ranging between 20cm and 50cm in height, growing in pots.

Sgt Merchant said 2.7g of marijuana was also found as well as 0.3g of methamphetamine, five glass pipes and a pen weapon with ammunition.

Both Hughes and Smith pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs and drug utensils, as well as failing to store ammunition in a secured area.

 

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Hughes also pleaded guilty to an extra charge of producing dangerous drugs.

Lawyer Elizabeth Smith said Hughes had lost her job because she had been working as an educator at the PCYC Whitsunday doing before and after-school care with children.

The 21-year-old Midge Point woman previously had a good work history and had a Certificate II in Early Childhood, Ms Smith said.

"She has lost the benefit of a blue card due to these charges and she won't be able to get that for some time," Ms Smith said.

Ms Smith said the ammunition found belonged to her late brother and they held sentimental value.

"She instructs that at the time they were found in a handbag because they were in the process of moving house … usually they would be stored somewhere to denote the value they have to her," Ms Smith said.

 

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Magistrate James Morton told Hughes her "fall from grace" had been hard.

"Hopefully this changes your approach to life …. Hopefully this is the beginning of the end for your drug problems," Mr Morton said.

"Keep it up and you'll lose a lot more."

Hughes was fined $850 with no convictions recorded.

Ms Smith also appeared for Dylan Thomas Smith, 25, had been volunteering at an op shop but had secured work as a labourer and had been doing counselling through Lives Lived Well.

Given his history, a period of probation could be appropriate to provide help, Ms Smith said.

Mr Morton sentenced Smith to 12 months' probation with a conviction recorded.

"You've got a growing history that is concerning to this court," Mr Morton said.


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