Man tries to buy drugs using 'found' drivers licence

A MAN'S actions were described by his own lawyer as "idiotic" after he was found trying to buy pseudoephedrine using a drivers' licence he found on the ground.  

Michael Garry Smith, 30, pleaded guilty in Maryborough Magistrates Court yesterday Wednesday to receiving stolen property and attempted fraud.  

Police prosecutor Kathryn Stagoll said Smith found a driver's licence on the ground at the IGA in Maryborough on September 27.  

She said the licence belonged to a man who recently had his wallet stolen.  

Sgt Stagoll said Smith then went to Costigan's Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse and tried to purchase pseudoephedrine, a drug which can be used to make methylamphetamine.  

When asked what year he was born in, Smith told the chemist both 1982 and 1988.  

"The pharmacist has asked if he was 'sure this is you'," Sgt Stagoll said.  

When Smith answered yes, the pharmacist refused to serve him and contacted police.  

Defence solicitor John Willett said it was clear not a large amount of thought had been put into the attempted fraud.  

"It is an unsophisticated, idiotic offence," he said.  

Mr Willett said his client had been educated to a Year 9 level in Toowoomba and had struggled with drug addiction.

"He says he is now over the drug issues," he said.  

Smith has been remanded in custody since the offence - a total of 37 days.  

Magistrate Dean Wilkinson convicted Smith but declined to further punish him, declaring the time held in custody an adequate sentence.  



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