LAW ENFORCERS: In order to ensure the safety of others police officers make sure all rules and laws are adhered to.  Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star
LAW ENFORCERS: In order to ensure the safety of others police officers make sure all rules and laws are adhered to. Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton

Man cops fine after drug-fuelled party

A RIVER Heads man has been fined more than $1000 after police searched his house the day after a drug-fuelled party.

Justin James Doyle pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday to five charges, including possessing dangerous drugs, permitting use of place and possessing used utensils or pipes.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Donna Sperling told the court that on January 21, police had executed a search warrant of the house, where they had found marijuana, methyl-amphetamine, related utensils and syringes.

"The defendant stated there had been a party the night before where drugs were taken," Snr Const Sperling said.

"The defendant told police he smoked ice at the party."

Defence lawyer Justin Geldard said his client made the poor decision of "letting his mates use drugs in the house".

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said he took into account Doyle's drug-related criminal history.

"You have been given the benefit of a drug diversion in 2014," Mr Tatnell said.

"It's obvious it was of little effect."

The magistrate fined Doyle $1500.


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