Drug dealer blames 16-year-old girlfriend for weed habit
A WARWICK teen who said he was pushed into using and dealing marijuana by his 16-year-old girlfriend has pleaded guilty to 35 drug charges in the Warwick Magistrates Court.
Between October 24, 2019 and January 1, 2020, the 18-year-old, who can't be named for legal reasons, and his girlfriend arranged the supply of small amounts of the drug.
The court heard the meetings were set up through text messages and phone calls on 32 occasions.
Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa told the court that when police officers searched the girlfriend's home, they found 28 grams of marijuana and several bongs, along with an electric grinder, scales, and clip seal bags used in selling it.
Sgt de Lissa said the 18-year-old had "handed himself up on a plate" with his phone records and had co-operated with police during their search and further interviews.
Defence lawyer Geoff Hobson told the court that the teen had been "anti-drugs" before meeting the 16-year-old girl, and had only chosen to use and deal marijuana as a "stupid, naive" way of keeping their relationship.
Mr Hobson also contended that the teens had only sold small amounts of marijuana for personal use as a way of feeding their own habit, and that the 18-year old had cut all ties to both the girl and drugs since being charged.
The teen's mother watched the court proceedings tearfully from the back of the courtroom.
Mr Hobson said she was disappointed in her son's actions and had been buying home drug-testing kits to ensure he was staying clean.
Magistrate Julian Noud was concerned by the "very serious offending for someone so young", and said even the small amounts of marijuana dealt could "wreak havoc on the community".
He added that the teen's "extreme youth", co-operation with police, and rehabilitation efforts through youth mental health services all weighed in his favour.
The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to 32 counts of supplying dangerous drugs and one count each of possessing dangerous drugs, possessing drug paraphernalia and possessing an item used in connection with supplying drugs.
He was sentenced to 18 months' probation and his conviction was not recorded.
The court heard that the 16-year-old's matter had been processed through the Children's Court.