Airlie Beach man's pension pays for meth

AN AIRLIE Beach man admitted to court he used part of his disability support pension to help buy 25g of meth.

Clinton Thomas Bush has been in jail since August last year and was released on parole on Monday after pleading guilty to possessing dangerous drugs, possessing utensils, failing to properly dispose of a needle and syringe and breaching bail.

Supreme Court judge John Byrne asked how Bush, who went to school on the Sunshine Coast, was able to fund his expensive drug habit and said the accused would have had to have paid about $3000 to buy the 25g of meth.

The court also heard Bush went through this amount of meth about every fortnight to satisfy his drug addiction.

Defence barrister Douglas Wilson said Bush paid about $4000 for the drug, some of which came from his disability support pension and a loan from a friend. Mr Wilson also said Bush was paying it off.

Justice Byrne was quizzing about payments to find out whether the 25g was for Bush's personal use or was a commercial quantity.

But Mr Wilson said there was nothing to suggest it was a commercial quantity; there were no scales found, no cash and no suspicious messages on a mobile phone.

The court heard Bush was found with the 25g of meth in April last year, when he was also charged with other drug offences, including possessing cannabis.

He was again caught in August with possessing drugs when he was at a house in Kingaroy. He was on bail at the time.

Mr Wilson said his client co-operated with police and told officers where his drugs were located.

He also said if released, Bush intended to travel to Airlie Beach where family members were living.

Justice Byrne said the variety of drugs involved and fact he was on bail when he committed more offences was not to his credit.

He sentenced Bush to two and a half years jail and set his parole eligibility date from Monday, as the accused had already spent about nine months behind bars. - APN NEWSDESK

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