A FATHER of nine has been fined in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court after police raided his home and found speed.
Shannon Geoffrey Dwyer, 39, led police to a wardrobe in his bedroom when they searched his home on May 23.
The Booral man removed a small package which police prosecutor Michael Quirk described as being a creamy coloured, crystallised substance.
Dwyer told police it was speed, which he had bought for personal use.
There was less than a gram of the substance in the package.
Dwyer also faced charges of unlicensed driving after being found behind the wheel of a car when his licence had been suspended due to an accumulation of demerit points.
The court heard Dwyer had not been aware his licence was suspended.
Dwyer's partner had been working at a mine, requiring her to spend long periods away from her family.
Dwyer had been the primary caregiver for their nine children as well as holding down a full-time job.
Since losing his licence, Dwyer had experienced great difficulty transporting the children around as well as getting to work, the court heard.
Dwyer's lawyer said his wife had been oblivious to the drug use and that had added to his stress.
His lawyer said an acquaintance had told Dwyer to "have a go of this" and that after using the drug Dwyer had been in "such a spin" that he wasn't prepared to touch it again.
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said Dwyer had set a bad example for his children by bringing the drug into the house, although he was prepared to concede that the children were unaware the drug was in the home as it was concealed in the wardrobe.
Mr Tatnell told Dwyer a drug conviction would limit his chances of being able to travel overseas in the future.
Mr Tatnell fined him $600 for being in possession of the drug but did not record a conviction.
Dwyer was also fined $500 for driving unlicensed and was disqualified from driving for six months.
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