Man pleads guilty to drug charge

THE DISTINCTIVE smell of marijuana led Maryborough police straight to Daniel Lewis Saines.

Saines, 19, appeared in the Maryborough Magistrates Court this week where he pleaded guilty to possessing the drug.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Lord said a member of the public reported a strong smell drifting out of a unit on Saltwater Creek Road on November 19.

When police arrived they found Saines and several other people in a front living room of the unit.

Saines admitted to owning some clipseal bags sitting on a table but said he used them to collect small items like buttons.

His story didn’t hold up, though.

A search of the teenager’s jacket pockets uncovered 8.7 grams of cannabis.

Defence lawyer Trinity McGarvie said her client used the drug as a form of self-medication.

Ms McGarvie said Saines had mental health issues and had taken time off work after witnessing the death of a friend last year.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring took into account Saines’s personal circumstances and lack of criminal history when fining him $300; no conviction was recorded.



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