Smell of weed from Tara caravan park prompts police search
A TARA couple appeared in Dalby Magistrates Court together, side-by-side, for matching drug charges after a surprise raid on their caravan by police.
Brendan James Perry, 37, and Donna Rose Stuart, 37, were staying at the Tara Caravan Park on April 14 when Tara police arrived at their caravan at 3pm for a search warrant, according to police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana.
Snr const Tahana told the court police initially had the incorrect site number on their warrant, however due to the smell of marijuana wafting from the caravan, police conducted an emergent search.
Perry immediately warned police, “I can tell you all you’ll find is a bong and a chopped bowl in there”.
Police located a bowl with chopped marijuana inside, belonging to Perry.
They also located two pipes made of juice bottles and hose pieces, one more pipe made of a Gatorade bottle, along with a glass pipe and a coffee grinder with green material inside.
Police located eight small red firecrackers Perry described as “like the ones used at Chinese new year”, and were purchased online.
Police found scales on the coffee table that Stuart said belonged to her and her mother.
Stuart said a water pipe and cone piece located had last been used the morning of the search.
Along with the utensils, police located a plastic container with marijuana mixed in with tobacco and a bag of marijuana stems above the television.
In total police found 2.7 grams of marijuana with tobacco mixed in.
Duty lawyer Claire Graham told Magistrate Roger Stark her clients had no intention to sell the drugs or utensils, and they co-operated with police during the search.
Perry pleaded guilty to an offence in relation to unauthorised and prohibited explosives, possessing utensils that had been used, and possessing dangerous drugs.
He was fined $600 and convictions were recorded.
Stuart pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs, and possessing utensils that had been used.
She was fined $400 and convictions were recorded.