Glass jar of meth under Tin Can Bay fisherman’s driver seat
A GLASS jar of meth was found under the driver's seat of a 38-year-old man's car which had been pulled over for suspected stolen number plates.
Gympie Magistrate's Court heard this week that on May 2, Adrian Roland Birrell pulled his BMW into an underground car park at Noosa Heads and was stopped by police for driving with stolen plates.
Police were aware of a car that was driving with plates taken from a rental car, and searched Birrell and his car.
The police prosecutor said the BMW had been returned to the defendant from police only a few weeks before, with no licence plates.
Underneath the driver's seat police found a glass jar containing a gram of meth and a pipe, and Birrell was charged with possession of a dangerous drug and possession of a pipe used in connection with smoking a dangerous drug.
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The defendant knew the licence plates were stolen when he received them, the court heard.
Birrell had also stolen petrol from a service station in Wurtulla the day before; he filled up his car with $40 of unleaded petrol and drove off, making no attempt to pay.
He claimed the he went to pay but there a was large line up, realised he had no money in his account and thought he would come back later, but never followed through.
Birrelll pleaded guilty to one count of drug possession, one count of possessing a pipe, one count of receiving the plates with reason to believe they were tainted property and one count of stealing in Gympie Magistrates Court this week.
He recently began working for a Tin Can Bay trawler and owns an online fishing and tackle store.
Birrell also recieves a disability support pension for PTSD, but the court heard his job in Tin Can Bay would soon put him over the threshold for this.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan sentenced Birrell to a good behaviour bond with a $300 reconnaissance, and ordered he attend drug diversion. No conviction was recorded on the drug charges.
Birrell was fined $400 and ordered to pay $40 compensation for the theft and receiving tainted items charges, with a conviction was recorded on those charges.