Man jailed over drug charges

A MAN spent his first night of a two-and-a-half-year jail term behind bars last night after he was caught with several bags of ecstasy and amphetamines.

Shane Peter Pearson, 50, of Burnett Heads, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Supreme Court yesterday to four charges including possessing more than two grams of methyl amphetamine, possessing ecstasy and possessing equipment used in the commission of a crime.

Prosecutor Greg Cummings said police raided Pearson's car during a search of a home he was visiting on November 12, 2008.

The officers found 16 clip-seal bags filled with speed, which Pearson admitted were his, and other bags containing 10 ecstasy tablets, which he denied were his.

A team of police later raided Pearson's Burnett Heads Road home about 7.30am on December 17, 2008.

Detective Sergeant David Tucker, who attended the raid, said police found a jar of speed under a pillow on a bed and $2200 cash hidden under some clothes.

He said there were also two capsules sitting on the kitchen bench, which contained clip-seal bags of speed.

“There were two mobile phones on the kitchen bench and the Nokia rang almost constantly over the full day,” Det Sgt Tucker said.

Police also found scales, 290 bags of empty clip-seal bags and notepads with names and cash amounts written next to them.

Defence barrister Simon Burgess said his client claimed the speed was all for personal use and the names and amounts on the notepad referred to money the defendant owed other people.

But Mr Cummings said there had been “suspicious gaps in the defendant's memory and a refusal to name names”.

The prosecutor said the defendant's history included previous drug offences for possessing and distributing cannabis and possessing methyl amphetamine.

Justice Duncan McMeekin said it could not be ignored “that at times, Mr Pearson has been argumentative and evasive”.

Pearson's jail term is to be suspended after nine months, with 20 days already served in custody taken into account.

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