Spent $400 a week on drugs: accused
A 29-YEAR-OLD Rockhampton man on trial for allegedly trafficking drugs in 2009 yesterday said he was a drug "user, not a seller".
Benjamin Francis Carey testified on the third day of his Supreme Court trial that he would sometimes spend up to $400 a week on drugs.
"It was a bit of a roller coaster ride," the father-of-one said of that time in his life.
Carey said he bought as much drugs as he could from his pay.
Three "tubs" filled with 78g of drugs worth up to $39,000 were found in the house he was residing in during a police raid in November 2009, along with a small amount in the master bedroom.
Carey testified he did not know anything about the drugs - described as a commercial amount by a police officer - found in the bathroom.
Carey's lawyer, Doug Winning, said his client's partner had pleaded guilty to possessing the drugs discovered in the bedroom.
Carey testified he kept a gun he found in the house because it intrigued him, and for protection, despite it not having any cartridges.
"It was more to wave around if anybody was there," he said.
"Things we were hearing made me very uneasy."
Carey said he moved into the house at the request of his friend Adrian Sutton's family while Sutton was in jail.
He testified he was asked to clean it up after police raided it for drugs earlier in 2009, and to secure the house.
Carey said concrete had been pulled up during the raid and several doors were broken.
He said Sutton's family took him in for about six months when he left home in his early teens.
Carey said his parents told him he could not stay at home while he was taking drugs.
The trial continues.