Ipswich dad caught with meth he found in a pub

A MAN who claimed to have never used drugs was caught with meth he found at a pub.

Vietnamese-born Van Tuan Nguyen was charged with drug possession after police searched his carry bag and found the illicit substance.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, the 32-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge but maintained the drugs weren't his.

Nguyen was found with the meth after his belongings were searched outside the Redbank Plains Tavern on April 7.

Police prosecutor constable Daniel Swanson said officers located a clip-seal bag with a small amount of the drug inside.

Nguyen told police he had found the meth in the smoking area of the tavern a day earlier and had put it in his bag "for an unknown reason".

Defence lawyer Amy Little said Nguyen didn't realise the serious consequences of being caught in possession of the drug.

Ms Little said the self-employed father of one claimed to have never used illegal drugs and had no intention of using the meth.

She said Nguyen was remorseful about his decision to keep the meth and embarrassed he had wound up in court for it.

He was fined $200 and no convictions were recorded.


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