LIST: Every Whitsunday resident in court for drugs this week
Damien John Gartside
A Bowen man was caught with marijuana, meth and a pipe, as well as a fourth unexpected surprise, when a van was searched in January.
Damien John Gartside was driving the vehicle with a male passenger when police pulled the van over on Santa Barbara Pde.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Emma Myors told Bowen Magistrates Court this week Gartside was speaking erratically and seemed anxious when police questioned him.
The 46-year-old man was detained for a search and police found 14g of marijuana as well as 0.55g of methylamphetamine and a used water pipe in the van.
Sgt Myors said police also found a third person hiding inside the vehicle.
Gartside pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs and a pipe.
Lawyer Peta Vernon, acting for Gartside, said his client was a father of seven and the small quantities of drugs he had were for personal use.
Gartside was fined $600 and a conviction was recorded.
Tarni Maree Hinschen
A Proserpine teen has been told to be careful who she hangs out with after being caught with methylamphetamine.
Tarni Maree Hinschen faced Proserpine Magistrates Court this week and pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs and a pipe.
Police prosecutor Chelsea Pearson told the court police carried out a search warrant in January and found 0.5g of methylamphetamine.
The 18-year-old woman told the court she worked in a cafe and had the drugs because she "went down the wrong road".
Magistrate James Morton told Hinschen to be aware of who she was spending time with and the search was conducted because someone told police she was "up to no good".
Hinschen was fined $400 and no convictions were recorded.
Kaylah Jacoba Aspden
A woman has moved to the Whitsundays for a fresh start after being caught with methylamphetamine.
Kaylah Jacoba Aspden was found with 2.11g of methylamphetamine when police detained her for a search in Cairns.
Police prosecutor Chelsea Pearson told Proserpine Magistrates Court this week police saw Aspden throw her bag to the ground and try to hide money and other items in an electrical pole when they were conducting the search in May last year.
They found the drugs in a bag and in the pole where Aspden put it, as well as a glass pipe, 37 clip seal bags and $525.
The 29-year-old Proserpine woman pleaded guilty to multiple charges including possessing dangerous drugs and possessing property suspected of being proceeds of an offence.
Lawyer Elizabeth Smith said her client got involved in drugs with her previous partner but now she was in a new relationship and had secured a job in the Whitsundays.
The court heard she moved to the region to support her mother and get away from negative influences in Cairns.
Ms Smith noted Aspden had been sentenced to periods of jail in the past.
Magistrate James Morton advised Aspden to keep out of harm's way in the Whitsundays.
"You have a criminal history that speaks large about your previous life," Mr Morton said.
Aspden was sentenced to a total of two months' jail but the term was immediately suspended for 15 months.
Mark Harcourt Hancock
A Midge Point man found with 149g of "terrible quality" marijuana has fronted court.
Police searched the granny flat Mark Harcourt Hancock where he lived back in December and found the marijuana in a Woolworths grocery bag.
Police prosecutor Chelsea Pearson said the drugs were noted as being "extremely dry and terrible quality".
Hancock pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs.
Lawyer Elizabeth Smith said Hancock received drug diversion for a smaller amount of marijuana police found on that day, but faced court because of the volume of the second amount.
The court heard the 71-year-old man was retired and planned to relocate to Melbourne to be closer to family.
Hancock was fined $150 with no conviction recorded.