Whitsunday residents face court after being busted with drugs. Photo: File
Whitsunday residents face court after being busted with drugs. Photo: File

Four Whitsunday residents busted with drugs face court

Andrew John Cassells

A Jubilee Pocket man spent a night in police custody while the magistrate deliberated on his sentence for drug offending.

Andrew John Cassells, who was on a suspended sentence, pleaded guilty in Proserpine Magistrates Court to possessing dangerous drugs and possessing a drug utensil.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jay Merchant told the court police went to Cassells' Jubilee Pocket residence in November and found one gram of marijuana and a Gatorade bottle bong.

Cassells told the court there had been a get-together at the house that day with people coming and going.

He said he had a policy of no drugs or drug implements in the house, given his criminal history.

 

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Cassells conceded he would take responsibility for the items found on his property but stressed he was going to counselling regularly.

"Please extend the period of the suspended sentence, I'm no stranger to you and you've seen me in a lot worse condition and I think you can see when I'm having a go," Cassells said.

Magistrate James Morton decided to hold Cassells in police custody overnight while he considered his decision.

The next morning, Cassells appeared via videolink at Bowen Magistrates Court.

Mr Morton extended Cassells' suspended sentence by two months.

He was also sentenced to a further one month in jail and that term was suspended for a year.

Multiple Whitsunday residents fronted court this week for drug possession. Photo: File
Multiple Whitsunday residents fronted court this week for drug possession. Photo: File

Stacey Lee Beplate Price

A Cannonvale mother of two who was caught with drugs and a pipe says she's now drug free.

Police pulled over Stacey Lee Beplate Price in July, who searched her car and found 11.6g of marijuana and 0.6g of white powder.

Price pleaded guilty in Proserpine Magistrates Court to two counts of possessing dangerous drugs and one count of possessing a drug utensil.

Price also possessed a pipe during a search in October.

Lawyer Barbara Mendelsohn appeared for Price, who was currently unemployed.

"Many people were coming and going in her car at that time however she does acknowledge it was her vehicle that the drugs were found in so she will take responsibility," Ms Mendelsohn said.

Stacey Lee Beplate Price.
Stacey Lee Beplate Price.

The court heard the 35-year-old mother of two had undergone two drug tests and both were clean.

"She admits 2020 was a bad year, she was mixing with the wrong people but is now drug free and is undertaking counselling," Ms Mendelsohn said.

Price was sentenced to 12 months' probation and the convictions were not recorded.

William James Cook

A Proserpine man admitted to owning marijuana uncovered during a search in November.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jay Merchant told Proserpine Magistrates Court police found 13.3g of marijuana, across a large dinner plate and in a marijuana and tobacco mix, during the raid.

Cook pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs.

Lawyer Elizabeth Smith, for Cook, told the court he had not touched drugs since the search.

Ms Smith said the 47-year-old man had not come before the court before and was looking for a job in mining.

Cook was fined $350 with no conviction recorded.

 

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Jayden Wene Parata

A Cannonvale man has fronted court for drugs charges after police uncovered marijuana and two water pipes.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jay Merchant told Proserpine Magistrates Court police headed to a property in relation to a disturbance in December.

Police told Jayden Wene Parata he was detained but he tried to push past police then grabbed an officer by the vest.

During the incident, police uncovered 0.5g of marijuana and two water pipes on a coffee table.

Parata pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs, possessing drug utensils and obstructing police.

Lawyer Elizabeth Smith, for Parata, said the 27-year-old man was employed full-time and had not been in court before.

Parata was fined $400 with no conviction recorded.


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