RBT nets pot in pants
A ROUTINE traffic stop uncovered a man with cannabis down his pants who was also involved in a significant trafficking oper- ation on the Fraser Coast.
David James O'Connell, 22, pleaded guilty in Maryborough Supreme Court to trafficking cannabis, possession of cannabis and producing cannabis.
Crown Prosecutor Phil McCarthy said O'Connell was stopped by police for a random breath test on Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd, Eli Waters, on November 23, 2014.
During that stop, police noticed O'Connell had something down his pants, which a search revealed to be two purple bags with about 25g of cannabis in them.
Police then conducted a search of O'Connell's home in Urangan, where he lived with his parents.
There police found 19 small, immature cannabis plants growing in a back shed.
"He expressed repeated concern for his parents and that he had got them into trouble," Mr McCarthy said.
A search of his mobile phone revealed O'Connell had been supplying cannabis to about 60 people between December 13, 2013 and November 25, 2014.
Police tallied up the total number of sales and found O'Connell's trafficking business had a more than $32,000 turnover.
Defence barrister Paul Rutledge said O'Connell had been employed a majority of the time since leaving school.
Mr Rutledge said O'Connell had disassociated himself from cannabis and had not used the drug since his arrest in November 2014.
Justice Peter Applegarth sentenced O'Connell to three-and-a-half years' prison to be wholly suspended. He was also ordered to complete two years' probation.