Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

$500 Fine for Possessing Drugs

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

$500 Fine for Possessing Drugs

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Byline: Bruce McKean bruce.mckean@dailymercury.com.au

BEN Phillips had 10 ecstasy tablets and eight clip-seal bags of methyl-amphetamines at his residence when police searched it about 12 months ago.

Phillips, a 36-year-old personal trainer who is also a qualified Bowen Therapist, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court in Mackay to two charges of unlawfully possessing dangerous drugs on October 2, 2009.

Phillips, who is single with no children, used to live at Walkerston but now lives with his mother at Cannonvale, where he hopes to get work in a gymnasium, the court heard.

The 10 ecstasy tablets, which were found by police, had pictures of horses stamped on them.

Police also located several capped syringes, clip-seal bags and a plastic container, which they seized. All were destroyed.

Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan said Phillips had a drug-related criminal history in both New South Wales and Queensland and he had been jailed for three years, with a non-parole period of 15 months, in May, 2003, in New South Wales. …

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