'Reformed' drug taker escapes time

A 27-YEAR-OLD man who went from popping six to eight ecstasy tablets in one hit to giving up drugs, alcohol, smoking and even eating meat has escaped jail time after pleading guilty to two charges in the Maryborough Supreme Court.

Hervey Bay's Kevin Crooks was caught trying to flush 203 ecstasy tablets down the toilet when police carried out a search warrant on his Toogoom home on May 16 last year.

The labourer, who was using ecstasy heavily at the time and had two drug convictions on his criminal record, was also found with a small amount of speed.

Due to the large amount of ecstasy, police had strong suspicions Crooks was selling the tablets. They were, however, unable to find any evidence.

“That amount is the source for the greatest suspicions,” said Justice Peter Applegarth.

The court heard being caught with drugs was the “best thing that ever happened” to Crooks.

He “realised it was time to start being a man” and after years of substance abuse ditched drugs, alcohol, smoking and even became a vegetarian.

He became heavily involved with his church and married the mother of his children.

“You have in every respect turned you life around,” Justice Applegarth told Crooks.

“Ecstasy is an extraordinarily dangerous drug ... it causes a lot of grief in society.

“I've sentenced you on the basis it was for personal use.

“You can be sure if you decided to resume the use of drugs there will be serious consequences.”

Crooks was sentenced to 18 months for possession of ecstasy and possession of speed. He was given immediate parole.



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