Man jailed on his birthday
A MAN was given a 15-month jail term for his birthday after facing court on drug dealing and possession charges.
Allan James Nolan, 33, of Norville, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Friday to seven drug-related charges including supplying and possessing.
Nolan sat handcuffed in the docks as police prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward told Bundaberg Magistrates Court that police had raided Nolan's Nott Street home on May 12 at 11.20am.
Officers found 1.5g of cannabis in a bowl next to a water pipe in one room and found nine clip-seal bags containing varying amounts of marijuana hidden in a dog food tin.
The drugs in the tin added up to about 21g, which Nolan denied were his.
He admitted the 1.5g in the bowl and the pipe belonged to him.
On June 1, while on bail for those offences, police watched Nolan drive a white Holden ute into the bus station in Targo Street, where another man got into the passenger seat.
“Police intercepted the vehicle at the rear of the bus depot,” Snr Const. Ward said.
Fifteen bags of marijuana ranging from 0.7g to 9g were found in Nolan's pants pocket, inside his cigarette packet, on the floor and under the seats of the vehicle.
The total weight of the drugs added up to less than 50g.
Snr Const. Ward said while police searched the car, Nolan's phone continued to ring and receive text messages with what they believed to be drug-related queries.
“The prosecution is seeking a period of imprisonment in the range of 12 to 15 months,” the prosecutor said.
“These offences were committed while on a Supreme Court suspended sentence and the later charges were committed while he was on bail for the first offences.”
Defence lawyer Matt Messenger said it was his client's 33rd birthday and he had struggled with cannabis addiction for many years.
Mr Messenger said the father of three had stopped using drugs while employed in the mines but was laid off in the global financial crisis.
“He said he didn't handle the pressure well and lapsed into using cannabis again,” the lawyer said.
Mr Messenger said Nolan had been in custody since June 1 and was faced with the reality of jail.
“The gravity of what happened really struck home with him serving an actual term of imprisonment,” Mr Messenger said.
Magistrate Jennifer Batts said Nolan's criminal history and suspended sentence for drug trafficking played a role in her sentence.
“It is your serious history that places you at such jeopardy today,” she said.
She sentenced him to a total of 15 months in jail and declared 101 days already served.