Dogs find drugs in raid

HEROIN, testosterone, methylamphetamine and marijuana were discovered during a raid on a Bundaberg home, a court heard.

Bundaberg Magistrates Court was told officers raided an Anne Street home on December 16, 2009.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott said police drug detection dogs were used to search the house.

“A black purse was located under a bed between the mattress and timber supports,” Sgt Shapcott said.

Two clipseal bags were located inside the purse, one containing 3.5g of heroin and the other with 5g of methylamphetamine.

“On top of a cupboard in a vial labelled ‘Top Gear' was 250mg of testosterone,” Sgt Shapcott said.

Police also found one gram of cannabis in a kitchen cupboard in a bag inside a wine glass.

Two sets of measuring scales and a bag of empty clipseal bags were also found in the home.

On January 4, 2010, David James Brackin, 18, of Millbank, went to the Bundaberg Police Station and accepted full responsibility for the drugs found.

On Monday, he appeared in court to plead guilty to four charges of possessing dangerous drugs and one of possessing property suspected of being used in the commission of a crime.

“The defendant told police he had stayed at the house the night before and had hidden the items for safekeeping,” Sgt Shapcott said.

“He informed police he had purchased the steroids to sell to others.”

Brackin has been in jail since October this year for burglary and robbery charges and was 17 at the time of the drug offences.

He is due for parole release on January 20, 2011, and his defence lawyer submitted he be convicted and not further punished considering the time already spent behind bars.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts agreed with the submission and took into account Brackin's plea of guilty, previous “fairly nominal history”, very young age and the “very significant time already spent in custody”.

Brackin was convicted and not further punished for the drug and utensil charges.

His parole release date will remain unaffected and is still set down for January 20 next year.

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