Torbanlea bust: 'Low quality' drugs could mean less jail

POOR quality drugs could mean less jail time for a sailor who was allegedly caught with 5000 pills in his car.

Jason Peter John O'Toole is facing several drug charges and a court heard on Friday one of these could be downgraded because the drug, MDMA, was of low purity.

He faces a charge of possessing more than 200g of MDMA but Brisbane Supreme Court heard this was likely to be downgraded to a charge of possessing more than two grams.

Justice Debra Mullins said this put the seriousness of offending into a different category.

She also said the charge of possessing more than 200g could have been the reason why he was not granted bail earlier.

Mr O'Toole was allegedly caught with 5000 tablets and an unknown white powder when police pulled him over on the Bruce Hwy at Torbanlea, north of Maryborough, in September.

He had allegedly been speeding at 120kmh.

Justice Mullins said 5000 tablets was not insignificant but the charge was possession, not trafficking. O'Toole was bailed on strict conditions that he not work his usual job as a seafarer.

She said surety of $25,000 had been offered if Mr O'Toole was released, which would limit his risk of running away.

"I had a concern about the application for bail when I saw that Mr O'Toole is involved in maritime activities," Justice Mullins said.

But she said Mr O'Toole had consented to a bail condition that he not approach an international departure point.

- APN NEWSDESK



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