Teen on probation for repeat drug offending

REPEAT drug offending has put a Toowoomba teenager on 18 months probation to help get him away from substance abuse.

In repeated police searches of his home and pat-down searches of him when stopped by police between September 25 and November 13, Nicholas Stephen Smith had been found with varying amounts of marijuana and drug-related utensils.

The amounts of marijuana found with him had varied from less than 1g found during a search of his home on October 9 to 21g found in his backpack when police pulled over the car he was travelling in on October 28, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

He had also been found with a grinder used for chopping up marijuana leaf, a pipe for smoking the drug and used syringes.

The 19-year-old had failed to attend a drug diversion session on November 3, telling police he was attending the Alcohol and Other Drugs Service three times a week and so thought it wasn't necessary.

Smith spent the night in custody before appearing in court to plead guilty to all charges yesterday.

His solicitor Sarah Gordon told the court her client instructed he had been diagnosed with bipolar and depression and that his mental health had deteriorated over the past year.

The teenager had admitted himself to the Acute Mental Health Unit for five days before handing himself into police on Monday after which he had spent the night in custody, she submitted.

Agreeing that Smith needed supervision to help with his substance abuse problems, Magistrate Damian Carroll placed him on 18 months probation to include random drug testing but ordered the conviction not be recorded.

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