Unlicensed driver faces court for drug charges after smell

A SMELL coming from a vehicle led police to search a 20-year-old passenger and charge him with two drug-related offences, Rockhampton Magistrates Court has heard.

Darga Rei Burns pleaded guilty earlier this month to six charges including one count each of driving unlicensed, possessing dangerous drugs and possessing utensils used in connection with smoking a dangerous drug.

Burns also pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching his bail conditions, a move which landed him in custody.

Police prosecutor Josh McLennan told the court police intercepted a vehicle Burns was a passenger in at 11.30pm on January 22 when a smell was coming from the vehicle.

Police found Burns in possession of one gram of cannabis and a plastic water pipe which he told police he used to smoke drugs earlier the same day.

Police also caught Burns driving in Rockhampton on December 12 when he told them he had never held a licence.

Magistrate Cameron Press fined Burns $1000, disqualified him from obtaining a licence for three months and ordered he perform 80 hours community service.

Burns will perform 40 hours community service for breaching a probation order.



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