Father of two found with $10,000 worth of meth
A SUPREME Court judge said it was "astonishing" that police didn't search the home of a man who was found with about $10,000 worth of methylamphetamine in his car.
Glenella man Gary Allan Browne, 41, pleaded guilty to possessing a dangerous drug in the Supreme Court in Mackay today.
Crown prosecutor Sarah Farnden said police intercepted Browne for speeding in his work car on May 29 last year.
They found his behaviour suspicious as his hands were shaking and he was "excessively polite".
Police conducted a search of the vehicle and found three clip-seal bags - one containing 28 grams of crystal methylamphetamine.
Ms Farnden said the other two contained a substance that had come from a "less successful cook" of methylamphetamine.
The total pure weight of methylamphetamine was 22.784 grams, which Justice James Henry said was worth about $10,000.
"Did this not prompt a search (of Browne's home)?" the judge asked.
Ms Farnden said she had not received information that it did, and Justice Henry said that was "astonishing".
Defence barrister Scott McLennan said Browne was married with two sons, and was earning about $120,000 a year as a mines operator in Dysart.
He said the methylamphetamine wasn't his, but he didn't want to "roll on anyone" (tell police whose drug it had been) as it could put his family at risk.
Mr McLennan said Browne had been driving to "pick up his mates from Airlie Beach" and go to work.
Justice Henry said it appeared Browne had been couriering drugs, and said the facts indicated he would have been doing so for his own financial gain.
The judge said there was no broader evidence to suggest Browne was dealing drugs, but said he had "let down" his loved ones by being in possession of an "evil, bad drug".
Browne was sentenced to a wholly suspended jail term of two years. He was also fined $7500 and a conviction was recorded.