Dope: now he owes another $200

A MARYBOROUGH father who already owed more than $7000 in unpaid fines had another $200 added to the tally after he was caught with drugs.

Nicholas Bodine Berry, from Maryborough, was caught with half a gram of cannabis when the police searched him at the Gold Coast on July 11.

The drug was found in a clipseal bag in Berry’s right front pocket.

Berry admitted the substance was “dope,” however refused a formal police interview.

The 31-year-old unemployed man appeared in front of acting Magistrate Neil Lavaring at the Maryborough Magistrates Court this week.

He pleaded guilty to one charge of possessing a dangerous drug.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Lord said Berry was on probation at the time of the offence.

In Berry’s defence, solicitor Tammy Kerle said Berry had not committed any similar offences and asked the magistrate to consider the very small amount of the drug.

Ms Kerle said that Berry had joint custody of his three children and was currently attending counselling as part of his probation.

Berry received a $200 fine for the offence.

Magistrate Lavaring said he would not record a conviction against Berry this time but that “it would not happen again”.



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