Fern Parkes-Redo pleaded guilty to drug possession at the Mackay Supreme Court, was fined $3500 and given two years probation
Fern Parkes-Redo pleaded guilty to drug possession at the Mackay Supreme Court, was fined $3500 and given two years probation Jonathan Reichard

Dump truck driver busted with 9g of 'wicked' drug

A DUMP truck driver has been fined $3500 and put on probation for two years at the Supreme Court in Mackay for possessing 9g of methamphetamine.

Fern Parkes-Redo, 25, of Middlemount, plead guilty to the charge of drug possession and a conviction was recorded. Since the amount was more than 2g of methamphetamine, the matter was heard at Supreme Court, instead of by a magistrate.

Justice James Henry said probation and a stiff fine was appropriate. He said it was not suggested that this was a commercial possession. He told Parkes-Redo: "The precise circumstances of why you had such a large amount remain unexplained. I suspect more than one person was destined to be consuming that quantity... acquaintances, distinct from customers."

He added that Parkes-Redo had gone west and is now employed as a dump truck operator at the mines.

"Your life is back on track, indeed more on track even before you offended.

"There's every good reason to think you can now continue as a productive member of the community. But you must appreciate that the common experience of the courts is that anyone who has got involved with methamphetamine and its wicked, addictive properties and the dishonour among those who end up using it, is that anyone in your position must exercise willpower and avoid temptation."


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