Miner with 109 ecstasy pills jailed

A MAN found with 109 ecstasy tablets in the caravan he lived in, did not refute commerciality yesterday.

Leighton Scott Cowley, 28, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court, Rockhampton, to drug possession charges.

After the court heard Cowley refuted claims of commerciality, Justice Duncan McMeekin advised his defence team the refuting was important as it would determine how he could be sentenced.

The court adjourned for 30 minutes before Cowley's solicitor Jordan Ahlstrand advised commerciality would not be refuted.

Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen earlier told the court police executed a search warrant on July 24, 2009, at Cowley's Emerald residence and found 109 ecstasy tablets, 500 clip-seal bags, two vials of testosterone, a drug-testing kit and a set of scales in the caravan on the site.

He said Cowley told police the scales were for cooking, however, there were no cooking utensils in the caravan.

Mr Cowen said while the other items were not subject to any other charges, they may assert commerciality.

In 2008 Cowley was sentenced to two-years jail with an immediate release for possession of dangerous drugs and supply, plus $5000 in fines.

He had been unemployed at the time, but was now employed by Anglo American at the Drayton coal mine.

Cowley had not offended since the July, 2009, incident and claimed he had not used drugs since.

Justice Duncan McMeekin said Cowley had been dealt with fairly leniently in 2008.

"Problem is, you didn't stop," he said.

Justice McMeekin said he had little doubt imprisonment would derail Cowley from his rehabilitated life which included a defacto.

He said drug dealers need to be aware it is almost inevitable they end up in jail.

Cowley was sentenced to 12 months jail to be suspended after two months.



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