Woman avoids cannabis conviction

A RED Cross worker found with more than 100g of marijuana begged a magistrate not to convict her.

Jessica Ferris said there was a chance she would lose her job if she was convicted.

The Rockhampton woman pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs when she appeared in court last week.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Shaun Janes said police found the marijuana in several locations in the mother-of-three's bedroom while executing a search warrant on the morning of January 11 this year.

Snr Const Janes said drugs were discovered in plastic bags in Ferris' bedside table, a cupboard drawer and hidden in a book in her wardrobe.

The duty lawyer representing Ferris, Danny Yarrow, said she worked as a cleaner at a Rockhampton Red Cross building and was the volunteer caretaker of the building.

Mr Yarrow said if she was convicted she would be unable to keep her Blue Card, which she needed to be employed there.

Ferris said she was never under the influence of drugs while at work and intended to stop taking drugs.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy said it was "absolutely the last" time Ferris would be granted no conviction.

Ferris was fined $600.



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