Man convicted on drug charges after daughter called police

A DAUGHTER'S phone call to emergency services resulted in a 48-year-old man being convicted and fined $1500 in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Bernard Stanley Newitt appeared on Tuesday morning to face four charges, which included single counts of failure to properly dispose of a needle and syringe, possession of utensils or pipes and possession of a dangerous drug, as well as a contravention of a police order.

Newitt's daughter had feared her father was having a drug overdose on September 17 and called emergency services.

Police attended and found Newitt to be in possession of methadone as well as a bong and a syringe, which had been used to administer the methadone.

Newitt said he had used the methadone to treat a chronic back problem which had troubled him for some time.

The single father of two was convicted on all charges, fined $300 for the contravention of a police order and fined $1200 for the three drug-related offences.