Man nabbed with drugs after leaving court hearing

HOURS after Mark James Eade pleaded guilty to two drug charges in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on October 20, police nabbed him on a further three drug-related infringements. .

Eade, of Rockhampton, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count each of possessing a dangerous drug, possessing utensils used in the connection of smoking a dangerous drug and possessing property used in the commission of drug offence after police intercepted him at 11.15am.

Defence lawyer Matthew Heelan told the court the 25-year-old was caught "right after" pleading guilty to possessing dangerous drugs and possessing drug related utensils on October 20 for which he was sentenced to 12 months' probation.

Police found 0.1g of cannabis seeds in a clip seal bag, a bowl and two pairs of scissors in Eade's car as he left the probation office.

They also found a mobile phone with text messages relating to the sale of "que", or cannabis, with two contacts.

Mr Heelan told the court the three charges were simply bad luck.

"The items in the car were all acquired before his last court date and the messages (on the mobile phone) date to October 19," he said.

"It was bad management and a lot of bad luck that he did not throw the stuff out and it's embarrassing for him."

Mr Heelan told the Magistrate Eade "liked" being on probation because he had not used drugs since his last court appearance.

Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll sentence Eade to 18 months' probation.

"This is number four, the fourth probation order," Magistrate O'Driscoll said.



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