Man tries to eat bag of drugs

A BUNDABERG man tried to eat a bag of marijuana when he was approached by police late last year, a court has heard.

When officers stopped Brett Andrew Neill, 32, riding a bike along Maryborough St in November, they noticed the smell of cannabis and that he was having trouble speaking.

On police orders, he produced a clip-seal bag of marijuana from his mouth while telling them: "I should have learnt by now."

The self-confessed drug user had only been arrested one week before, when police raided his home and found a bong, a grinder used to cut up cannabis and four used syringes.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Hayley Glover today told Bundaberg Magistrates Court officers also found three sealed glasses of iodine, which Neill said he was holding for a friend who cooked amphetamines.

Lawyer Rian Dwyer said Neill was a father-of-four and worked as a timber cutter for his dad.

"The cannabis he was found with was for his own personal use," Mr Dwyer said.

"The iodine was his friend's - it was a silly decision to have it on him."

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Neill to 12 months probation.



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