Loud 'belligerent singing' leads to hotel drug bust

A 51-YEAR-OLD man was found with 1.3g of marijuana in a Maryborough hotel room after neighbours complained of "belligerent singing" coming from the room.

Frederick John Richard Saunders pleaded guilty in Maryborough Magistrates Court to possessing a dangerous drug and obstructing police.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kath Stagoll told the court police were called to his room at the Central Hotel about 6.15pm on August 13.

"Police could hear loud, belligerent singing," she said.

She said Saunders was heavily intoxicated and when they searched for his key in order to lock the room they found 1.3g of marijuana on a glass plate.

Defence solicitor Michael Riedel said Saunders was a valued employee at Coles and had taken steps to stop taking drugs, including seeking help from a rehabilitation centre.

Magistrate Dean Wilkinson fined Saunders $500 for the drug possession and $300 for obstructing police.



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